Heartbreaking news from Van Nuys, where a woman was left to die by a pair of heartless cowards Wednesday night.
According to multiple sources, the victim was struck by a speeding driver around 11:23 pm at the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Stagg Street, and thrown nearly 120 feet by the force of the impact.
The driver, later identified as 24-year old Van Nuys resident Erik Limon, fled the scene, leaving his victim lying unprotected in the street.
Another driver ran over her as she was lying in the street; that driver also fled without stopping.
The victim, who has been identified only as a woman in her 50s, died at the scene.
Police suspect her bicycle was stuck under Limon’s car as he fled, and disposed of later; as of this writing, it has still not been found.
His car was recovered, and he was arrested at his home around 3:15 Thursday afternoon.
The second driver, reportedly a woman in an older gold Camry, is still at large.
Anyone who finds a damaged bicycle in the area, or who has other information about the crash, is urged to call the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division at 818/644-8000.
There is an automatic $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver, or in this case, drivers, in any fatal hit-and-run in the City of LA.
This is the 40th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 19th in Los Angeles County. It’s also the sixth in the City of Los Angeles.
Fourteen of those SoCal deaths have been the result of hit-and-runs, half of those in LA County.
Update: Surveillance video on KNBC-4 shows the victim riding northbound in the southbound lane, where she was struck by the Limon’s car as he turned right. Despite earlier reports, he does not appear to be speeding at the time of the crash.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and her loved ones.