Update: Man killed getting off bike on Downtown LA freeway offramp in early morning crash; 4th SoCal bike death this week

Then there was four.

For the fourth time this week, someone riding a bicycle was killed on the streets of Southern California.

This time in Downtown Los Angeles.

And once again, there’s very little information available.

According to KFI-AM, the victim, who has not been publicly identified, was struck by a driver near the Third Street off-ramp from the northbound Harbor Freeway, aka Interstate 110, around 12:51 am Friday.

The victim was struck when he got off his bike after reportedly riding on the offramp, which suggests he may have been illegally riding on the freeway in the moments leading up the crash.

He died at the scene.

There’s no word on why the victim may have been on the freeway, especially at that hour, or how and why the crash occurred.

This is at least the 79th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 26th that I’m aware of in Los Angeles County; he’s also the 14th person killed riding a bike in the City of Los Angeles.

Update: A week later, the victim has finally been identified as 85-year old Charles Mullins; no city of residence was given.

And still no explanation for how the crash occurred, or why he may have been riding on the freeway offramp.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Charles Mullins and his loved ones.

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