Bicyclist Stabbed and Killed in Southern Orange County: What We Know So Far
Tragedy struck Southern Orange County this week when a bicyclist was attacked in a brutal and senseless act of violence. Michael John Mammone, 58, was riding his bicycle north on Pacific Coast Highway when he was struck from behind by a car at the intersection of Crown Valley Parkway. The driver of the car, Vanroy Evan Smith, 39, of Long Beach, then allegedly got out of his car and continued to assault the cyclist.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Mammone lying in the intersection suffering from severe injuries. He was taken to a hospital where he later died. An emergency room doctor, Mammone was remembered by Providence Mission Hospital in a statement as “an incredible physician and friend.”
Smith was arrested on a charge of suspicion of murder and taken to Orange County jail, where he is being held without bail. The knife believed to be used in the assault was recovered at the scene, and police said there is no known connection between Mammone and Smith.
Investigators are still looking into what led to the incident, and Orange County authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to contact the sheriff’s department or Orange County Crime Stoppers.
This senseless act of violence has left the community reeling, and it serves as a reminder of the importance of staying vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Michael John Mammone during this difficult time.