Bicyclist killed in Wilmington big rig hit-and-run Friday morning

Finally, and sadly, we have confirmation. 

Friday morning, I received an email from Richard Rosenthal saying that he had seen what appeared to be the aftermath of a bicycling collision on Anaheim Street in Wilmington.

He was on his way to work when he saw the street blocked in both directions, a police tent pitched on the median, and a bicycle lying next to it. 

Despite reaching out to a number of sources, I was only able to confirm that someone had died there, but not what happened or whether the victim was riding a bike at the time.

Now we know. 

According to KTLA-5, a man was crossing Anaheim near Sampson Ave when his bike somehow struck the right rear side of a semi-truck headed west on Anaheim. 

The victim, who has not been publicly identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver reportedly continued without stopping. However, if the crash happened the way the station describes, it’s possible he or she may not have been aware of it. 

Although it’s hard to understand why a bicyclist would have ridden into the side of large truck like that, or how he ended up on the center median if he hit the right side of a westbound truck.

It seems more likely that he may have been riding across the street when the driver cut him off, knowingly or otherwise.

Police are looking for a truck with a light-colored cab and dark brown trailer. As always, there is a standing $50,000 reward for any fatal hit-and-run in the City of Los Angeles. 

This is at least the 51st bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 25th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County.

My deepest sympathy and prayer for the victim and all his loved ones.

Thanks to Richard Rosenthal for the heads-up.

    

2 comments

  1. David says:

    Very sad to hear this.

    I have cycled Anaheim Street on one of my big day rides from West LA to San Diego.

    Its one of the most dangerous streets for cyclists even at 7 AM on a Saturday.

    On that 5 mile stretch between Palos Verdes and Long Beach you will find: Dogs chasing you, trucks passing you close, swirls of dust, abandoned buildings, gang territory, people passed out on the street from drugs and alcohol, people throwing bottles at you, people yelling at you.

    I swore that the next time I ride from West to SD, I am going to have someone drop me off in Long Beach to start the ride.

    I kissed the ground in Long Beach the last time I made it though there.

  2. JJD says:

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

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