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.


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.


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.

Kathy Ressler July 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I am heartbroken over the news fo Mr. Pruett's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and young child. He was an AMAZING teacher who showed everyday how much he loved the students at Margarita Middle School. His door was always open to any student who needed help, whether his student or not. He was be missed. Kathy Ressler
Amy German July 12, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I am so very sad. Mr. Pruett helped my son so much last year and I got to know him well. I am in disbelief and so upset to know that he will never be able to help another child like he helped mine. My condolences to his wife and little daughter, may they find peace during this trying time.
Kimitanbo July 12, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I'm so sad. I was one of his students! He helped me so much last year and now im going to algebra 1.. I hope his wife and little daughter find peace during this part of time.. We all miss him! - From Maragarita Students ( who are going to 8th )
Baby Bear July 12, 2012 at 07:40 PM
My condolence to his wife, daughter and family. from students
Harmony Peña July 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I'm in shock cause I was one of this students last year and i wouldn't of have expected that Mr.Pruett could have passed.He was a Terrific teacher he would always help me in class or after school W/ my math, I never liked math but he helped me enjoy math. He was always a joy in class, either if he was making his corny jokes or just plain making math fun .I will miss him and as will all his students ,friends ,and family. I hope that his wife and daugther can find strength through this difficult time!!! May He Rest In Peace!!!!!!!
Harmony Peña July 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I'm in shock cause I was one of this students last year and i wouldn't of have expected that Mr.Pruett could have passed.He was a Terrific teacher he would always help me in class or after school W/ my math, I never liked math but he helped me enjoy math. He was always a joy in class, either if he was making his corny jokes or just plain making math fun .I will miss him and as will all his students ,friends ,and family. I hope that his wife and daugther can find strength through this difficult time!!! May He Rest In Peace!!!!!!!
Timmy Lee Pruett July 13, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I just want to take a moment to thank you all for the very kind comments you have posted about my Son Randy. He was truly a great Husband, Dad, Son and Teacher. Randy knew at a young age that he wanted to be a Teacher. He met the love of his Life Laura at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley. Randy lived a Life of adventures, winning Off Road races in our Sears sponsored race truck and his participation in many Tri-athlete compitions . Randy was a very avid bike rider and compeated in many races. Randy's Daughter Kaitlyn came along 6years ago on July 28. Randy decided at that time his next adventure would be becoming the best Dad ever and calmed his Adventurer ways. Randy had recently started to ride again on Saturdays as a way to stay in shape and hang with Friends. Randybwas truly a good guy with an infectious smile. He will be missed but never forgot. Thank you all Timmy Lee Pruett
Michael Green July 13, 2012 at 04:28 AM
I have known Randy since I was 13 years old and played AYSO soccer with him at that age. He was always high spirted and very competitive in soccer and life. When Randy turned sixteen and received his drivers license, I was the first person he took to lunch in his 4wd Nissan truck. Randy was always full of character when we were younger and it was a honor to be his friend. We will all miss a dear friend and family member as we say good bye to Randy.
Mirna Alfonso (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Patch asks that all comments be respectful of others' views and feelings and while all are free to make their stances known, we also ask that all those who comment be mindful of how others will receive their words.
Patricia July 13, 2012 at 06:02 PM
My condolences and I wish the Patch would remove Arthur's "comments" and his diatribe of this horrible event.
Timmy Lee Pruett July 13, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Arthur, I'm not sure at all who you are what your message is meant to convey. I truly believe in ones right to express ones self, it's what this country was founded on. Everyone has the right to an opinion, just smart people know the place and time to express them. At this time I and my Family are trying the address all the issues of loosing a Husband, Dad, Son and Brother. After we get this accomplished, we would gladly sit down with you and gladly listen to your opinions, just be man enough to realize you may have to suffer through the consiquences of an opposing opinion. I want to thank all you for your kind post.
Patricia July 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Please remove the comments from this Arthur person, can you not see he is upsetting this family! Come on! I notice his comments are made in wee hours of the mornings and they ramble and as Mr. Pruett stated they are unknown to whom he is addressing these statements to. I strongly believe in freedom of speech but this really is not the place for the incoherent and inflammatory things he is saying. Leave this family alone!
Patricia July 13, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I don't know what planet you live on, but here on earth people do die in their cars from hitting poles regardless of the engineering of the poles. This has nothing to do with NASCAR, telephone poles, etc. and is NOT the the forum for your comments! Be quiet with these ridiculous statements.
Brenda July 14, 2012 at 03:33 AM
RIP Randy. To his family, as we know with every adventurer, man of spirit might often loose their life doing the things that they are built from. The guts, the ability to do things other can't, won't or scared of, who are the best at it, who spend alot of time teaching others to experience life, take the bull by the horns, is what these men or women live for. They do slow down when they have a future with wife and children, but its still there, that zest, love of life, and remember that each day as you struggle with his death. He was doing what he always loved. James Gang Racing and Products. The Hall's
kayla young July 14, 2012 at 04:24 AM
mr.pruett was a great teacher and he taught me everything iknow about math. when karina told me this i didnt belive her but then i went online and saw for my self . i acculty cryed . i can honestly feel for his 5 year daughter and wife ..im so sorry -kayla young and many others :(....
Tara Paul July 14, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Randy is a colleague of mine at Margarita Middle School and I am deeply saddened to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with Randy's family during this difficult time. He was a great teacher and a wonderful person. He will truly be missed.
swami rah July 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I hope Arthur gets struck by lightning
Laura July 15, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I agree with Swami!
Laura July 15, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Amy I know how you feel about this teacher who has taught your son! Your child has seen this teacher every day for a year not to mention the past 2 years that he has seen this teacher in school functions or just in the hallways and perhaps have had more than one meaningful conversation with. The Heartlessness of some people is of no consequence to anyone on here. Some people set out in life to just hurt other people with words when really they are probably dealing with mental and emotional damage from something in their own lives, so taking this out on grieving people is something that they feel they need to impose on others but lets keep in mind that this tragic event was unforeseeable and that his family is what needs the support and love from everyone! The ignorance of some is not the feelings of anyone else on this forum. My condolences go out to his wife and his daughter who no doubt have forever been changed!
Brenda July 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I respect the review of terms of service. However, to be realistic its difficult for instance for someone to make a comment. 10 people read it, everyone reads it differently, or takes it personal even if it doesnt have to do with them, or they do not agree with a "stance" you take on a subject and let a few names fly etc. I guess my bottom line is its impossible to comment on an article and be mindful of every single person that is going to read that comment. If we did that, there would be no comments as you never know what will set someone off. Heck I have seen people set off because you or Peter mispelled something, or had some wrong info at first(which was then updated when you got updates, all normal things), and said you shouldnt be writing. Over one error in spelling. So even for writers its difficult to write an article and not have "someone" turn around to bash on it. There is always going to be people out there who do nothing but THAT. But in my case, I will try(always do)to be a bit more mindful of how I say things before I hit submit. Thank you Mirna for the warnings.
Patricia July 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
That makes three. I asked over and over to have his comments removed not as a violation of free speech, but to show some type of kindness and mercy to this family. Unfortunately, Mirna Alfonso has seen fit not to do so. Ms. Alfonso I certainly do not wish anything like this upon you or any of your family members, but wish you could have had it in your heart to remove the comments made from Arthur. My sincerest apologies to the family for their loss and the insensitive remarks made by one person causing even more grief for you and yours.
Brenda July 16, 2012 at 06:24 PM
It appears he went to every article in the last week and posted Patricia, strange, and I do not understand much of what he types to see if he's trying to help or be a pain. :/
Sharon July 16, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Know that we from Calvary Chapel are thinking of your family & loved ones today. We are praying for peace while you uplift Randy's life......
Stephanie July 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I have a very close friend of mine that attends cal state long beach and is majoring in math, I was over at her house earlier this week, and instead of having posters or pictures of friends on her wall, she has sheets of papers with math formulas written all over them and she studies them while she lays in bed. I told her she was a weird-o for that. Once we got into the topic of school and her major she mentioned that Mr. Pruett is the reason why she wanted to become a math major because he made learning fun. She said he was her greatest inspiration at valley view high school. She also said that when he used I teach her class she always thought to herself "I want to be a cool teacher like him" May he rest in peace. He did make a difference in his students lives!
Father2Sons July 19, 2012 at 03:14 AM
What a beautiful testimony Stephanie. I did not know Randy but was riding with him that fateful Saturday and attended his memorial. Quite frankly, from the stories that have been shared by the people who knew him best he was, by all accounts, a wonderful father, husband, teacher and friend. God bless his family and may he Rest in Peace.
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 (Editor) 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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