Update: Man found dead in apparent high speed fall near entrance to Universal Studios; 5th LA County bike death in 10 days

Evidently, November is starting off the same way October ended.

For the fifth time in the last ten days, someone has died riding a bicycle in Los Angeles County — three in the City of Los Angeles.

According to multiple, nearly identical sources, a man who had been riding a bicycle was found dead outside the entrance to Universal Studios in an apparent hit-and-run early Sunday.

Paramedics found the victim lying in the street at 3799 Lankershim Blvd around 12:47 am Sunday, suffering from major injuries.

The victim died at the scene. He was described only as a man around 57 years old, which seems oddly specific.

Police aren’t confirming yet that he was killed in a hit-and-run. That seems highly likely, however, though it’s also possible he may have lost control of his bike on the steep hill.

Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD investigators at 213/473-0234.

This is at least the 51st 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 ninth time a person was been killed riding a bicycle in the City of Los Angeles since the start of the year.

And he’s the 16th SoCal bike rider killed in the past 30 days.

If this is confirmed as a hit-and-run, it would also be the 18th time someone riding a bicycle died in a hit-and-run in Southern California this year.

Update: At least it’s not hit-and-run this time. 

The victim was identified Monday as 57-year old Los Angeles resident Samuel Tessier

According to the LAPD, he appears to have been killed in a high-speed fall after apparently striking the curb on the steep downhill. 

Update 2: A ghost bike will be installed Tuesday, November 7th. 

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Samuel Tessier and all his loved ones. 


  1. Sickof allthe complaints says:

    Was he found in the middle of the road or in the side?

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