It’s happened again.
Another person has been killed riding a bicycle. And yet another driver has fled the scene.
According to multiple sources, the 38-year old man, who has not been publicly identified, was fatally run down in LA’s North Hills neighborhood around 4:20 Saturday morning.
The victim was riding south in the crosswalk on Sepulveda Blvd at Roscoe Blvd when he was struck by a driver headed east on Roscoe.
He died at the scene before paramedics could arrive.
The driver continued without stopping, leaving his victim to die in the street.
There’s no word on who had the right-of-way on the signalized intersection or how fast the driver was going. Or whether the victim had the required lights and reflectors on his bike in the early morning darkness.
Police are looking for a dark-colored 2007-2011 Toyota Camry; there’s no description given for the heartless coward behind the wheel.
Anyone with information is urged to call 818/644-8022. 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 13th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the second that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County, as well as the second in the City of LA.
Shamefully, seven of those 13 deaths have been hit-and-runs — as have both of the bicycling deaths in Los Angeles.
And if that makes you mad, it should.
Update: The victim has been identified as Israel Ovando Vera, a homeless resident of Los Angeles.
Although someone should tell the LAPD investigators that there is not right or wrong way in a crosswalk. Or on the sidewalk.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Israel Ovando Vera and his loved ones.
I work 3 1/2 miles from home, on a route of 100% residential streets and 100% striped off bike lanes. I quit riding my bike to work 10 years ago, after too many distracted drivers almost hit me. It’s not at all like it was in the pre cell phone, pre infotainment system days of the 1980s, when I felt perfectly safe riding 56 mile out and backs on PCH between NW Huntington Beach and South Laguna. Only reasonably safe places for long rides these days are the river trails.
I ride on sidewalks and side streets as much as possible. No white line painted on the surface will keep you safe.