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Sheriff launches probe into bicyclist fatally hit by patrol car

October 11, 2012 |  7:17 am
 

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department will conduct an internal review of a crash involving a patrol car in which a man riding a bicycle was struck and killed in Inglewood.

Sheriff’s deputies believed the man, who was identified by family members as 45-year-old Alfonso Cerda, was armed with a handgun when they tried to stop him early Monday morning, according to a statement from the department.

The patrol car collided with Cerda’s bicycle about 1:25 a.m. Monday, and authorities said he died from his injuries.

It does not appear a weapon was recovered from the scene, and Michael Gennaco of the Office of Independent Review said Wednesday his latest briefings on the incident indicated any search for a gun turned up empty.

Gennaco said it was his understanding the accident investigation would be conducted by the Inglewood Police Department, but the Sheriff’s Department also would conduct an internal investigation that would go to the executive force review.

It’s unclear whether deputies are specifically trained in how they should interact with bicyclists. Gennaco said there is some training, but “that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t use this tragic case to see if there needs to be some more guidance and policy.”

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-- Ari Bloomekatz

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