Hit and Run Driver Leaves Cyclist Dead NR12258ne

June 8, 2012

UPDATESJuly 31, 2012

LAPD Valley Traffic Detectives are reminding the community that they’re still actively investigating this hit-and-run fatality, but have received no substantial leads on the case in spite of the $50,000 reward offer.  Anyone with information about the incident is strongly urged to get in touch with the LAPD using the contact information in the original press release below.



This morning, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion for a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this fatal hit-and-run incident.  Contact names and phone numbers are below.

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver responsible for a hit-and-run that killed an elderly man riding his bike.

On Friday, June 8, 2012, around 2:00 a.m., a male White in his late sixties – early seventies was riding a bicycle east bound on Nordhoff Street approaching Woodley Avenue.  The bicyclist was struck from behind by a vehicle also traveling east bound.  The impact projected the bicyclist and he then collided with the roadway and a raised planter box in a parking lot. The bicyclist sustained severe injuries and was pronounced at scene.

The identity of the bicyclist is unknown at this time and pending identification by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

The suspect vehicle failed to stop and render aid /exchange information and was last seen fleeing east bound on Nordhoff Street.  Witnesses described the vehicle as a dark colored, possible dark blue, mid-size SUV, Chevrolet Blazer or similar type of vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing, anyone who may have witnessed or has information regarding this collision please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Traffic Detectives, Detective James Deaton at 818-644-8035 or Detective William Bustos at 818-644-8021 during normal business hours. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”