Update: Bike rider killed by allegedly drunk hit-and-run driver in Koreatown

Yet another person has been the victim of an — allegedly — drunk coward who fled the scene of the crash.

According to multiple sources, the victim was riding south on Western Ave near San Marino Street when a driver struck him from behind just before 2 am.

The 26-year old driver fled the scene, but was arrested nearby after police found a white sedan with damage consistent with the collision. Fox 11 reports he was speeding at the time of the crash, and was found in his car obviously intoxicated.

The victim has been publicly identified only as a Latino in his 50s. He died at the scene.

He appears to have been riding a mountain bike with reflectors, but no lights are visible in the news reports.

A street view shows a four lane road on Western with center left turn lanes in both directions at San Marino, and no bike lanes. And little or nothing to slow a speeding drunk at that hour.

This is the 52nd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 23rd in Los Angeles County; it’s also the eighth in the City of LA.

At least 19 of those 52 fatal crashes have been hit-and-runs.

Update: The victim has been identified as 48-year-old Los Angeles resident Mario Calderon.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Mario Calderon and his loved ones.


  1. Bad news… My thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones.

  2. joninsocal says:

    Why is it she difficult for our elected officials to understand and take action. Hit and run where a victim is left injured in the street and dies should automatically be a murder charge for not stopping to render aid. All cars should be required to have identifying license plates front and back with vigorous enforcement. Change the system so plates are issued by the dealer at place of purchase so plates are a legal requirement to have a vehicle on the road, no dealer plates or grace periods.

  3. So sad. Condolences to the family and friends.

  4. Joe Linton says:

    ughhh… doing headlines and have three sad carnage stories… and the city can’t even do planned road diets. sad times

  5. JD says:

    Our prayers go up for the family and friends of the victim.

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