First responders at scene of fatal accident
First responders at the scene of the fatal accident. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A bicyclist was killed when the driver of a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed lost control and struck the bike and a pole near downtown Los Angeles and the driver was in custody Friday morning.

The driver was driving with a suspended license and arrested at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The crash was reported about 8:35 p.m. Thursday in the 2100 block of South Alameda Street, south of Washington Boulevard, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Reports from the scene indicated the driver of the vehicle lost control after crossing nearby railroad tracks and slammed into the bicyclist, who was found on a sidewalk.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was briefly trapped in the vehicle before being freed by firefighters, Stewart said.

The driver was taken to a hospital in serious condition, the LAPD said.

Street racing was not suspected as a cause in the crash, police said.

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