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Pregnant bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in Gardena; police seek suspect

August 13, 2010 | 10:50 am

Gardena police are asking for help in finding a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a pregnant bicycle rider on Normandie Avenue near Gardena Boulevard.

Jennifer Costlow, 31, of Gardena was hit from behind by a dark, two-door car shortly before midnight Thursday as she was cycling south on Normandie, said Lt. Mike Saffell of the Gardena Police Department.

The car continued south on Normandie after hitting her, then turned west on 166th Street. Paramedics rushed Costlow to the hospital, where she died two hours later.

Police learned later that she was four months' pregnant.

Several people who heard the collision called police and investigators hope someone may have seen the accident, Saffell said..

“We need the public’s help on this one,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call (310) 217-6135.

-- Sam Quinones

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