News outlets state that an alleged distracted driver struck and killed a bicyclist in downtown Los Angeles during a suspected road rage incident Tuesday night.
Los Angeles police Sgt. Damon Aoki of the Central Traffic Division reported that the 37-year-old driver of a Chevrolet Avalanche was engaged in a dispute with a 23-year-old woman riving a Kia compact car while driving north on Figueroa Street. Both drivers turned left onto westbound 8th Street and the driver of the Avalanche attempted to pass the Kia on the right when he struck the bicyclist near Francisco Street around 7:30pm.
The bicyclist was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity has not been released pending notification of his family.
Aoki claims the cause of the accident has yet to be determined, but an initial investigation found that driver was distracted when he struck the man. Detectives interviewed the driver, but later released him.
As a Los Angeles car accident attorney, I’m saddened to learn of this tragic accident. As a personal injury lawyer, I’ve witnessed many accidents similar to this one, and I’ve seen the effect that it has on the family and friends left behind by the passing of the victim. My prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to them.