Now it’s confirmed.
This morning we mentioned a late night news report from KABC-7, which said a man had been killed in an apparent hit-and-run in Sun Valley on Sunday.
Now their brief story has finally been posted online.
The Los Angeles Daily News adds more details, indicating the victim was riding east in the bike lane on Strathern Street at Bellingham Avenue in Sun Valley when he was rear-ended by the driver of a dark colored SUV around 8:30 pm.
The driver reportedly stopped for a few moments before fleeing the scene.
Paramedics took the victim, publicly identified only as a 45-year old man, to Holy Cross Hospital, where he died.
Judging by photos on the Daily News story, he does not appear to have had lights on his mountain bike, though you can see wheel reflectors in some photos.
A street view shows a two lane road with bike lanes on either side on Strathern, with a 35 mph speed limit and minimal street lighting approaching the uncontrolled intersection.
Some reports place the crash scene in North Hollywood, though most call it Sun Valley.
This is at least the 37th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 19th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County.
Update: The LA Daily News identified the victim as 45-year old Panorama City resident Roberto Perez.
The story also confirms that he didn’t have lights on his bike, and was riding on a dark street wearing dark clothing. Local riders gathered for Wednesday’s ghost bike installation complained about the dark conditions on the bike lane.
Like any fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles, there is an automatic $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.
Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Javier Avila, of the Valley Traffic Division at 818/644-8034, or the LAPD tip line at 877/527-3247.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Roberto Perez and his loved ones.
Thanks to Steve S for forwarding the Daily News piece, and the photo of Perez’ ghost bike.