A bicycle's wheel, spokes, pedal and gears. Photo via Pixabay
Example of a bicycle’s wheel, spokes, pedal and gears. Photo via Pixabay

Police Sunday hunted the hit-and-run killer of an innocent 38-year-old bike rider who was struck inside the crosswalk of a North Hills intersection by a sedan that fled the scene.

Police asked anyone with knowledge of the pre-dawn killing to help find the hit-and-run driver.

A reward of up to $50,000 is available to anyone who provides information leading to a criminal’s identification, apprehension and conviction.

The man riding the bicycle was killed around 4:20 a.m. Saturday at Roscoe and Sepulveda boulevards, according to investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Bureau.

Officials Sunday identified the victim as a homeless man named Israel Ovando Vera, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. There was no word of why he was riding the bike at that early hour.

A dark-colored 2007-2011 Toyota Camry four-door sedan was eastbound on Roscoe when it struck the bicyclist who was southbound in the crosswalk at Sepulveda Boulevard, investigators said.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop, call for help, render aid or identify themselves as required in California, police said.

The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, investigators said.

Investigators said drivers involved in a collision must pull over when it is safe and remain at the scene to identify themselves and that bicycles should be ridden in the direction of traffic, not facing traffic. As the victim in this case was riding in a crosswalk, it wasn’t clear if he was riding against traffic.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run driver was asked to call investigators at 818-644-8022 or through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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