HIGHLAND PARK – The LAPD is scheduled to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. today to discuss the arrest of the driver suspected of fatally striking a cyclist early this morning, said Ann E. Young, Commanding Officer of the LAPD Central Traffic Division, in a posting on Twitter.
The driver hit the cyclist at about 3 a.m. near Figueroa Street and Marmion Way, killing the rider who was dragged about 500 feet, according to CBS2. It’s not clear whether the cyclist, who was with another rider, was on his bike or on foot when struck crossing the street. The victim was described as a man in his early 20s.
Residents told ABC7 that a vehicle, possibly a dark-colored sedan, was racing down the street at about 80 miles per hour when it struck the victim. The bumper was torn of the vehicle but it never stopped.
Cycling advocates and Councilman Gil Cedillo have been at odds over adding bike lanes and other safety features to Figueroa. Last July, Cedillo indefinitely halted plans to install bicycle lanes on Figueroa Street in Cypress Park and Highland Park, a proposal that would have required the removal of a lane for motor vehicle traffic. It’s not clear, however, if bike lanes would have made a difference in this morning’s hit-and-run.
Update: The driver was identified as Alexis Virto, 21, according to an LAPD spokesman. He’s being held on $1 million bail. KTLA reports that Virto was “heavily intoxicated and had had windshield debris in his hair and injuries that matched a crash.”
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