Once again, a man on a bike has been killed by a Southern California driver, this time in LA’s Harbor Gateway neighborhood.
And once again, a heartless coward fled the scene, leaving his victim to die in the street.
According to KCBS2/KCAL9, and a virtually identical report on My News LA, the victim was riding west on Alondra Blvd at Vermont Ave around 2:40 am Sunday when he was run down by a driver headed north on Vermont.
The 39-year old bike rider, who has not been publicly identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
His killer apparently fled without stopping. There’s no description of the driver or the suspect vehicle; given the location and early morning hour, there may not have been any witnesses.
There’s also no word on who might have had the right-of-way at the signalized intersection.
Anyone with information is urged to call the LAPD South Traffic Division at 323/421-2500 or 323/421-2577. 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 59th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 16th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County. It’s also at least the 7th bicycling death in the City of Los Angeles since the first of the year.
Eighteen of those SoCal deaths have been hit-and-runs.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.