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Motorist sought in fatal hit-and-run of bicyclist

December 21, 2012 |  5:55 pm

Authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying a motorist who struck and killed a bicyclist Friday and fled the scene without helping the victim.

The bicyclist, whom authorities identified as a Latino in his 20s or 30s, was travelling westbound near the 900 block of East 43rd Street about 8:50 a.m. when the driver of a red late-model pickup truck struck him, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Authorities said the driver, who was also travelling westbound on 43rd Street, struck the back of the bicycle and fled without stopping to render aid. The bed of the pickup truck was possibly carrying gardening tools, authorities said. The driver is still at-large.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the LAPD’s Central Traffic Division at (213) 972-1850 on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., or  the division’s watch commander after hours at (213) 972-1853. Anonymous tips can also be called in to  Crime Stoppers at (800) 222- 8477.

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-- Ann M. Simmons

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