A 65-year-old woman walking her bicycle across a Fullerton street was struck by a car and killed Tuesday, but the dead woman’s bike was stolen from the death scene before officers could arrive.

The stolen bike has “evidentiary value” and police want to find the bicycle thief and the bike, a sergeant said.

The victim was not in a crosswalk when she was struck about 6 a.m. at Brookhurst Road and Valencia Drive, according to Fullerton police Sgt. John Radus.

The woman, whose name was withheld pending notification of her family, died at the scene.

Radus said a black 2015-model Mazda 3 four-door sedan, driven by a 26-year-old woman, “was traveling southbound on Brookhurst Street just south of Valencia Drive when it struck the … pedestrian who was crossing westbound across Brookhurst Street from the Fullerton Armory.

He said the driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators, and added that alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision.

Witnesses told police that the victim was walking her bicycle across the street when she was hit by the car, Radus said.

“However, when officers arrived on scene, the bicycle had already been stolen by an unknown person,” the sergeant said. “The bicycle has evidentiary value and investigators would like to speak with anyone who has information regarding the identity of the person responsible for the theft of the bicycle as well as the physical location of the bicycle itself.”

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call (714) 738-5313, or Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.

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