Police asked the public for help Wednesday locating the motorist who struck and killed a 38-year-old bicyclist who was inside a crosswalk at a North Hills intersection and then fled the scene.
The victim was identified as Israel Ovando Vera, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Vera was a transient.
The fatal crash occurred around 4:20 a.m. Saturday at Roscoe and Sepulveda boulevards, according to investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Bureau.
A dark-colored 2007-2011 Toyota Camry four-door sedan was going eastbound on Roscoe when it struck Vera, who was riding southbound in the crosswalk at Sepulveda Boulevard, investigators said.
The driver of the sedan failed to stop, call for help, or render aid as required in California, police said. Vera was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators noted 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.
Video of the fatal crash is available at https://twitter.com/LAPDHQ/status/1369801850346643456?s=20.
A $50,000 reward is available for people who provide information leading to a hit-and-run offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise, investigators said.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run driver was asked to call investigators at 818-644-8022 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
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