Bicyclist Struck and Killed in Highland Park


A bicyclist was struck and killed by a speeding hit-and-run driver in Highland Park Friday morning, and the suspected motorist was later arrested, police said.

It happened in the 4000 block of North Figueroa Street around 3am.,the California Highway Patrol reported.

The victim, a 33-year-old man, died at the scene, said coroner’s Chief Craig Harvey. His name was withheld, pending notification of kin.

Detectives scheduled a news conference today at 2pm to discuss the case.

The name of the suspect, who was described only as a male adult, was not immediately released.

A witness estimated the vehicle was traveling about 80 miles per hour at the time of impact, according to the CHP.

The vehicle was described as a black, newer-model sedan, police said.

The suspect continued northbound on Figueroa after the crash, a news videographer reported from the scene.

The victim appeared to have been dragged a block and a half from the point of impact, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Frank Gonzales.

The coalition Fig4all stated that this is the 2nd death on Figueroa Street since Councilman Gil Cedillo, who oversees the area, stopped the road diet and bike lanes plans approved in the 2010 Bike Plan for North Figueroa Street.

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