Sadly, we don’t know much more now than we did this morning.
According to a press release from the LAPD, a man later identified as Leo Dimeglio was riding his bicycle east on Jefferson Blvd at West Blvd in South LA around 11:41 p.m on June 10th, when he was run down by a hit-and-run driver.
Dimeglio was pronounced dead at the scene; there’s no word on his age or residence.
The driver continued east on Jefferson without stopping, which suggests he or she was likely traveling in the same direction as Dimeglio prior to the crash.
Police are looking for a dark-colored SUV, most likely with heavy damage.
There was no explanation given for why the LAPD waited almost three weeks to ask for the public’s help in finding the driver, or even release word that someone had been killed on city streets.
It also makes you wonder if there are more bicycling deaths they haven’t bothered to tell us about.
Anyone with information is urged to contact LAPD South Traffic Division Detective Daniel Ramirez or Officer Andrew Guzman at 323/421-2500.
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 31st bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the ninth that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County; it’s also at least the fourth in the City of LA.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Leo Dimeglio and all his loved ones.
Thanks to Jeff Vaughn for the heads-up.
STD Detectives seeking help from our community on a hit and run that occurred on Jefferson Blvd @ approximately 11:41 hours. If anyone can provide additional information please contact South Traffic Detectives. 323-421-2500. pic.twitter.com/1OqFgwCQTh
— LAPD South Traffic (@LAPDSouthTraff) June 29, 2021