[symple_googlemap title=”Woodland Hills bike hit-and-run” location=” Winnetka Avenue near Gilmore Street, Woodland Hills, CA” height=”300″ zoom=”16″]

Two restaurant workers pedaling home from work were struck by a hit-and-run driver Wednesday in Woodland Hills, and one of the bicyclists died of his injuries.

The crash was reported just before 1 a.m. on Winnetka Avenue near Gilmore Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division.

The cyclists were traveling north on Winnetka when a pickup truck struck them and then kept going, police said. The men were taken to a hospital, where one of them died and the other remained conscious and was treated for unspecified injuries, police said.

LAPD Capt. Paul Vernon of the Mission Station told City News Service that detectives are investigating whether the motorist intentionally struck the bicyclists, as one witness who was traveling behind the truck told officers, but “right now, it leans toward (being) an accident.”

Authorities withheld the name of the fatally injured man pending notification of his relatives. According to KCAL9, both bicyclists were en route home from their jobs at a Ventura Boulevard restaurant.

The truck was described as a late-1990s model white Ford or Chevrolet “utility style” pickup with toolboxes on the sides and possible front-end damage.

The driver was described as a white man in his late 30s or early 40s, with “close cropped” hair on his head and facial hair.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call (877) LAPD-247.

—City News Service


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