News is just breaking that someone on a bicycle was killed in a hit-and-run in LA’s Griffith Park this afternoon.
They were dead by the time first responders arrived at 4:54 pm.
The driver fled on foot; KCBS reported on air that he or she had been captured by police.
There is no information on how the crash occurred.
Video from the scene shows two cars, one with a shattered windshield and apparently missing a wheel; a broken white road bike lies in the center of the street some distance up the road.
The station reports the victim had just left a bicycling event in the park, which may have been the AIDS/LifeCycle SoCal Day on the Ride. Another comment suggested he or she was just a mile from the finish line when he was killed.
Hopefully we’ll learn more later.
This is at least the 30th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the tenth this year in Los Angeles County.
Eleven of those deaths have been hit-and-runs.
Update 2: AIDS/LifeCycle has identified the victim as Andrew Jelmert, a five-time participant in the annual fundraising ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
UPDATE 3: WeHo Times cites participants in the AIDS/LifeCycle ride expressing shock at Jelmert’s death, with one saying the driver passed him at an estimated 80 mph just moments before the crash, despite the park’s 25 mph speed limit.
According to the site, Jelmert had worked as a real estate agent and investor for over 30 years.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Andrew Jelmert and all his loved ones.
Thanks to Lionel Mares and Metaverse HOA President for the heads-up.