The L.A. Times reports that police are on the lookout for the driver who hit a cyclist, then fled the scene to avoid taking any responsibility for his or her actions.
The collision — not accident, as the Times insists on inaccurately calling it — occurred at 8:55 pm at Central Avenue and 32nd Street, south of Downtown L.A. The rider, who has not been publicly identified, was transported to County/USC Medical Center with severe head trauma.
No information on how the collision occurred.
According to the Times, police are looking for a red or orange 1992 or 93 Chevrolet pickup, last seen speeding south on Central Avenue.
Statistics compiled by the LAPD indicate that one-third of all traffic collisions in the city are hit-and-runs.
Why this continues to be acceptable to the leaders and people of this city, I will never understand.
Update: According to a press release from the LAPD, the rider, identified only as a 32-year old Huntington Park resident, was riding east on 32nd when he made a right turn onto Central Ave. As he was finishing his turn, he rode into the path of a truck traveling south on Central; it’s unclear whether the rider drifted onto the wrong side of the road, or if the truck was in the wrong position on the roadway.
The victim is in critical condition with severe head injuries.
Witnesses describe the truck as a 1992 – 1998 Silverado flatbed truck, red with white painted panels.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Central Traffic Detectives Felix Padilla or Josephine Mapson at (213) 972-1825 or Central Traffic Watch Commander at (213) 972-1853.