Yet another person has been left to die by a heartless coward in a motor vehicle.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, died at the scene.
The woman who struck him fled the scene, and was last seen traveling west on Lambert Road.
Calmeda is a two lane residential street which should provide a safe place to ride. However, it connects two major streets and could offer a convenient cut-through route to avoid rush hour traffic.
The car is described as a four door with tinted windows and paper license plates, and is likely to have front end damage. Anyone with information is urged to call Officer Richard Jensen at 562/567-9261, Officer Esteban Medina at 562/567-9259 or the Whittier police Crime Tipline at 562/567-9299.
Once she’s caught, she should face a lifetime ban on driving as well as a lengthy prison sentence. Anyone without the common decency to stop for another human being, let alone observe the law, doesn’t belong on the streets.
Let’s hope that one day lawmakers, prosecutors, judges and the DMV will finally figure out that out.
This is the fourth bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the third in Los Angeles County; it’s also the seventh fatal bike crash in Whittier in the last four years.
Update: According to a reporter for KABC-7, the victim, who was on a BMX bike, was dragged 600 to 800 feet by his killer. Let that sink in — at least the length of two football fields.
That should elevate the case from simple felony hit-and-run to second degree murder. But it won’t.
Update 2: KTLA-5 confirms the victim was dragged across two city blocks, while police report the bike rider appears to have done nothing wrong that would have caused the crash.
Update 3: The victim has been identified as 46-year old Whittier resident Agustin Rodriguez Jr.
Update 4: KCBS-2 reports Rodriguez was killed when one driver paused to let him go by, and a driver following behind went around the stopped car, hitting him head-on.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Agustin Rodriguez Jr. and his loved ones.
Thanks to Jeff Vaughn for the heads-up.