For the fourth time in just the past week, a Southern California bike rider has been run down and left to die by a hit-and-run driver.
Three of those in Los Angeles.
Early this morning, a 49-year old woman riding her bike in Hollywood became just the latest victim of those heartless cowards behind the wheels.
According to KTLA-5, the victim was riding north on Orange Drive above Hollywood Blvd around 2:25 am Friday when she run down by a northbound driver, who continued without stopping.
She died at the scene.
Unfortunately, no other information is available at this time.
But this time, it happened in my own neighborhood.
Orange Drive is just around the corner from Madame Tussauds and the Chinese Theater. The street has a dog-leg to the left at Hollywood Blvd, and connects with westbound Hollywood at a narrow 90° angle, both of which serve to slow traffic.
However, drivers can be heard racing through the streets of Hollywood all night, and frequently make the left turn off eastbound Hollywood Blvd without slowing.
Anyone with information was urged to call the LAPD at 213/527-3247. As always, there is a standing $50,000 reward for any fatal hit-and-run in the City of LA.
This is at least the 63rd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 28th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County; it’s also 14th bicyclist killed in the City of Los Angeles this year.
Update: The Beverly Press has identified the victim as a homeless woman, whose name is being withheld until they can notify her family.
Police say she was run down from behind, and was doing nothing wrong before she was cruelly left to die in the street.
Police are looking for a four-door, silver sedan with likely front end damage, of undetermined make and model.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and her loved ones.