Another day, another innocent life needlessly ended by a careless driver.
One who couldn’t be bothered to stick around afterwards.
According to KTLA-5, the victim, who has not been publicly identified, was riding his bike near the intersection of Grand and Venice Blvds in Venice when he was run down by a hit-and-run driver around 9:50 pm Wednesday.
The driver was making a U-turn when he slammed into the victim, then fled the scene like the heartless coward he — or she — is.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died later that night.
Police are looking for a dark-colored Chevrolet Bolt, which will likely have front-end damage; unfortunately, there’s no description off the driver.
Both streets have painted bike lanes in both directions, which clearly didn’t offer any benefit to the victim in this case.
Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD West Traffic Division Officer Twycross at 213/473-0235.
This is at least the 65th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 17th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County. It’s also at least the 8th bicycling death in the City of Los Angeles since the first of the year.
Twenty of those SoCal deaths have been hit-and-runs.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his loved ones.