It’s happened again.
According to KNBC-4, a bike rider has died after being hit by a car in the San Fernando Valley last night.
The victim, publicly identified only as a man in his 20s or 30s, was riding near the intersection of Plummer Street and Winnetka Ave in Northridge when he was struck by a silver Mustang convertible around 9 pm. No word on which street he was on or what direction he or the car that hit him was going.
The site a typical Valley intersection, offering the sort of wide, multi-lane streets that encourage speeding and aggressive driving.
The driver fled the scene, abandoning the car on the 10100 block of Oso Ave. Don’t be surprised if the car ends up being reported stolen; even with the vehicle in hand, the police must place the driver behind the wheel before they can make an arrest.
This is the 58th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 25th in Los Angeles County, exceeding the county’s total for each of the last two years. It’s also the 10th bicycling fatality in Los Angeles this year, doubling the total of five in both 2011 and 2012.
And it’s the 14th fatal hit-and-run involving a bike rider in Southern California since the first of the year, and the ninth in LA County — eight of which have occurred in the City of Los Angeles.
Update: I’m told this intersection is actually in Chatsworth, rather than Northridge.
Update 2: Northridge-Chatsworth Patch identifies the victim as 39-year old Victor Awad of Canoga Park. Awad west riding west on Plummer when he was hit by the Mustang headed north on Winnetka. He was taken to Northridge Hospital, where he died early this morning.
Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD Detective Laurino at 818/644-8115.
Thanks to Jeshizaemon and LAPD Sgt. Stephen Egan for the heads-up.
Update 3: The LAPD has announced the arrest of 51-year old John Bracamonte for the hit-and-run death of Victor Awad. Hopefully, more details soon.
My sympathy and prayers for Victor Awad and his family.