Yet another person riding a bike has been murdered by a heartless hit-and-run driver.
According to KTLA-5, police responded to a report of a crash involving a bicyclist in Torrance around 5 am today.
He has been identified only as an adult male.
Police are looking for a tan or light gold 2006 to 2009 Toyota 4-Runner with front-end damage and part of the bumper missing. A security camera may have captured video of the crash and could show the suspect vehicle.
No other information is available at this time.
A street view shows a two lane residential street controlled with a stop sign on 227th, while Hawthorne has four wide lanes in each direction with no traffic signals for several blocks, allowing drivers to go as fast as traffic will allow.
Which means he or she could have probably traveled as fast as he or she wanted at that hour.
Just to be clear, there is simply no excuse, ever, for hit-and-run.
Drivers who leave their victims to die in the street should face a charge of felony murder, because they made a conscious decision to let a human being die rather than make a simple call for help.
Maybe then this hit-and-run epidemic would finally stop.
This is at least the 34rd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 17th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County.
Update: KNBC-4 reports the victim, who still hasn’t been publicly identified, was a man in his 40s.
They also say the speed limit on that stretch of Hawthorne is 45 mph. Chances are the driver was going faster.
Update 2: The victim has been identified as 32-year old Jonathan Valbuena, who is described as being homeless. Which does not change tragedy or outrage in the slightest.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his loved ones.
Thanks to Brian McCarthy and Serena Grace for the heads-up.