LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities today sought the public's help to identify a driver who killed one two bicyclist and injured another in a hit-and- run crash in Koreatown.
The driver was seated in a white Jeep Cherokee was parked on the north curb of Olympic Boulevard, near Mariposa Avenue, about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday and was pulling away from the curb when a victim of an unrelated vehicle theft jumped onto the hood of the Jeep ``believing the driver was related to the theft of his vehicle,'' according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver fled toward Mariposa Avenue with the man still holding onto the hood of the car. The man eventually fell off the hood into the street before the Jeep collided with the two bicyclists at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Mariposa Avenue. The Jeep fled the scene following the
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics were called to the scene and pronounced one of the bicyclists dead, while the other was treated for only minor injuries. It was not immediately known if the man who clung to the hood of the Jeep was injured when he fell.
The identity of the fatally injured person was withheld pending notification of their next of kin. However, Fox11 reported the bicyclists were brothers who were struck while en route to work.
Anyone with information on the hit-and-run was asked to contact LAPD West Traffic Detectives at 213-473-0234. Calls made during non-business hours or on weekends can be directed to 877-527-3247. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.