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Update: Memorial Ride For Teacher Planned by Murrieta Bike Shop

Randy Pruett was pronounced dead at 11:31 a.m. Monday at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.

Updated 8:09 p.m. with information about crash and injuries:

The bicycle that a Temecula teacher was riding on an outing with a Murrieta club may have blown a tire, a family friend told Patch.

Randy Pruett's bike slid on a small downslope while on Rice Canyon Road Saturday, hitting a tree hard with his body, the friend told Patch.

He suffered severe injuries to his spleen, liver and intestines, the friend said.

Pruett was admitted to Palomar Medical Center with internal bleeding from abdominal injuries, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office.

He lost a lot of blood -- and needed transfusions -- and the family is trying to arrange a blood donation drive in return, the friend said.

Updated 7:21 p.m. with memorial service info:

Information on memorial services for a Temecula teacher who died of injuries suffered during a group bike ride was posted on Facebook by his family.

A service and reception for Randy Pruett are set for 10 a.m. Monday at Sunridge Community Church, 42299 Winchester Rd.

To read notes from friends and colleagues and for information regarding events planned to mark Pruett's passing, please click here.

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Updated 6:41 p.m. with memorial ride info:

A Temecula resident and Temecula school district teacher who died of injuries suffered when his bike struck a tree in San Diego County left for his ride from Jax Bicycle Center, on Margarita Road in Murrieta.

Randy Pruett was on a group ride in Rice Canyon in the Rainbow Valley area when his bike struck a tree and he suffered severe abdominal internal injuries, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

The ride was a regular Saturday group ride by bicycle enthusiasts, according to those who knew Pruett.

Jax is sponsoring a Memorial Ride and blood drive, tentatively set for 8 a.m. July 28 at California Oaks Sports Park in Murrieta.

Additionally, a memorial fund has been set up for his wife and daughter. Checks or cash can be brought or mailed to Jax at 26612 Margarita Rd., Murrieta, CA 92562.

For more information, please call 951-239-8239

To read notes from colleagues and get information on the center's plans for the memorial, please click here.

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Updated 3:47 p.m. with quote from colleague:

A Temecula resident and teacher in the Temecula school district died this week following a bicycle crash in San Diego County.

Randy Pruett, a mathematics teacher at Margarita Middle School, died Monday as a result of injuries suffered over the weekend in San Diego County, authorities said.

Pruett, 41, was riding on Rice Canyon Road, near Rainbow Valley Road Saturday when for some reason his bike slammed into a tree, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner's office.

An examination of the remains was scheduled for today but Pruett was taken to the hospital for internal abdominal injuries, the M.E. employee said.

"Randy is a colleague of mine at Margarita Middle School and a kindred spirit for cycling," said Lisa Frick. "May he ride in peace."

Officials at the school district expressed sorrow at the teacher's passing.

Timmy Lee Pruett July 19, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Stephanie, thank you so much for your post. My Family and I have received great comfort in reading the post that former students and friends have sent in. I'm a very proud parent of Randy and his Sister who have been the true joys of my Life. I was totally amazed at how many people took time on Monday to attend his service. I had the pleasure to meet many of his students, their parents told of how much he helped them and how he made them understand Math not just teach it. Now I would ask that everyone take a moment to crack a big smile, because I know that the last time any of you were with Randy, that's what you were doing, SMILING. Bless you all Timmy Lee
jill July 19, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Patch please get rid of Arthurs rant. Its ridiculous.
Mirna Alfonso July 19, 2012 at 04:30 AM
I have read all of Arthur's comments and realize that he is not addressing the issues at hand, but rather upsetting the family of the victim..I have deleted his musings.
Korrin August 19, 2012 at 08:32 AM
I was a student of his in valley view, in his first year of teaching. He was an excellent teacher and made things every easy for me to understand. His personality was kind and understanding and I was always happy to be in his class. My condolences go out to his wife and family.
Allykat August 21, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Allykat- When I heard of Mr. Pruetts passing, I was devestaded, not only was Mr. Pruett an amazing teacher, he was also an amazing example to all of the peers who are now better students because if Mr. Pruett. My grandfather had recently passed right before I heard if Mr. Pruetts death, it was an unbearable burden that I was forced to carry. My wishes to his wife, and his daughter, are simply this. No matter what keep going forward, even though something happens in the past even though it still aches in our hearts today we all must learn to fight through it with everything we gut out. I'm still fighting the lose of two very important people in my life. R.I.P Mr.Pruett and my Grandfather.

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