Breaking: An arrest was made in this case on this on Friday; no details available.
This time, it might be murder.
Multiple sources are reporting that one man was killed and another injured in an early morning hit-and-run in Winnetka.
According to KTLA-5, the victims were riding north on the 6500 block of Winnetka Ave around 12:45 am after leaving their jobs at a nearby restaurant, when they were struck by the driver of a pickup.
A witness reported seeing the driver swerve into one victim, then swerve again to strike the other, in what may have been an intentional attack.
The driver reportedly stopped to look at the crash scene, then got back in his truck and calmly drove away.
Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital, where one of the men died. The other was reportedly conscious with serious injuries.
Neither man has been publicly identified at this time.
Driver may have targeted victims
LAPD investigators were attempting to determine if the attack was intentional or if the driver may have been under the influence.
It’s also possible that they may have been followed from the restaurant at Ventura Boulevard and Tampa Avenue.
Police report the victims were riding in the number three lane when they were struck, which would have placed them in the parking lane on the wide residential street.
The LA Daily News offers a description of the driver and suspect vehicle.
The vehicle was described as a white Ford or Chevrolet “utility style” pickup truck with toolboxes on the sides and possible front-end damage. The motorist was described as a white man in his late 30s or early 40s, with “close cropped” hair on his head and facial hair.
Anyone with information is urged to call 877/527-3247.
This is the 24th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 13th in Los Angeles County; it’s also the fourth in the City of Los Angeles.
Update: Video from the scene makes it clear the victims had lights on their bicycles at the time of the crash.
Update 2: A ghost bike will be placed at the site at 9 pm tonight.
The Daily News offers an update on the story, focusing on the dangers of the street. Which is irrelevant if the driver really did attack the victims on purpose. Just like the LAPD’s tone deaf suggestion to use lights and helmets, which aren’t likely to fend off someone intent on murder.
Update 3: The LAPD has released news that the two victims were both Hispanic men; as the Daily News noted, they were leaving their work at the Cho Cho San sushi bar in Tarzana.
The victim has still not been publicly identified pending notification of next of kin; the delay suggests that they are outside of the country. Meanwhile, the surviving victim has been released from the hospital and is resting at home.
Here is video of the suspect truck police are looking for.
If you have any knowledge of the crash or driver, you’re urged to contact Valley Homicide at the numbers below.
Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Bureau Homicide, Detective Doerbecker at 818-374-1943. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his loved ones. And my prayers for the second victim for a full and fast recovery.
Thanks to Steve Spence, Ed Ryder and Mike Wilkinson for the heads-up.