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October 21, 2019

North Hills: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a fatal hit and run traffic collision that occurred at Woodley Avenue and Rayen Street.

On Friday, October 18, 2019, around 8:30 pm., a fatal traffic collision occurred on Woodley Avenue and Rayen Street. A black Lexus LS430 sedan was traveling southbound on Woodley Avenue when it collided with a bicyclist. The bicyclist was negotiating a left turn against a red light toward southbound Woodley Avenue from westbound Rayen Street. After the collision, the driver of the Lexus attempted to negotiate a U-turn to block southbound traffic on Woodley Avenue when a second vehicle collided with the bicyclist on the roadway. The second vehicle was described as a black newer model sedan. The driver of the second vehicle left the scene without rendering aid or identifying himself.

The Los Angeles Fire Department transported the 56-year-old bicyclist to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. His name will not be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

The driver of the Lexus involved in the first collision was identified as a 21-year-old resident of Granada Hills. He remained at-scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision they should stop, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves and render aid if necessary.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members that provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Detectives, Officer Freeman at (818) 644-8115 or Officer Martinez at (818) 644-8022. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on, “Anonymous Web Tips” under the, “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the, “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.