Breaking news: Bike rider killed in Valley hit-and-run

It’s happened again.

A bike rider has been killed killed by a heartless coward who left him to die on a San Fernando Valley street.

According to a release from the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division, 44-year old Van Nuys resident Max De La Cruz was riding west on Roscoe Blvd east of Balboa Blvd around 11:30 pm last night when he was struck by a pickup truck.

The driver fled the scene; De La Cruz was transported to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

Police are looking for a white truck with cargo in the back, possibly a Chevrolet or GMC, with damage to the front end. More information as it becomes available.

If you have any information, contact Valley Traffic Division Officer Fuentes at (818) 644-8022. During non-business hours or weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800)-222-8477).

This is at least the 25th cycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 13th in L.A. County; there was another death that occurred in West Covina while I was offline last week, more on that later. It’s also the fourth fatal hit-and-run involving a cyclist in Southern California since the first of the year.

My heartfelt condolences and prayers for De La Cruz and his loved ones.


  1. Michele says:

    Condolences to the De La Cruz family.

  2. SUCK.IT says:

    WHAT F**K MAN…. why??? Why are people so f****ng careless behind the wheel…. accidents happen, but unless there’s a biker in the freeway, if u r driving at the speed limit u should have enough time to brake. And its not likely that if u apply the brakes but still hit a rider, at 30 miles the victim wont have a better chance of surviving the impact… but how in hell does someone decide to say F**K IT. And leave instead of helping…? I don’t know….

  3. Louie says:

    Come and get me b*tches. I’ve got THREE GoPro Hero cameras running when I ride. If I’m going down, I’m taking you with me.

  4. JD says:

    Our prayers go up for the families and friends of the victims.

  5. Lee says:

    I pass by his ghost bike every day. My prayers to his family and friends,

  6. […] limited information contained in the LAPD press release doesn’t explain how or why 44-year old Max De La Cruz was hit by the car that killed him. But since the driver fled the scene, I know who I’d […]

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