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Man fleeing a would-be robber is hit by car and killed

March 6, 2010 |  3:51 pm

An 18-year-old was struck by a car and killed in Canoga Park while running from a would-be robber on a bicycle, the Los Angeles Police Department said Saturday.

Officers responded about 8 p.m. Thursday to a report of a traffic collision in the 20600 block of Sherman Way, where they discovered Miguel Alvarenga lying unconscious on the street. Investigators said Alvarenga was approached by a man on a bicycle who attempted to rob him.

Alvarenga fled, running into the street, but was struck by a passing vehicle. The attempted robbery suspect, police said, fled on his bicycle. Alvarenga was taken by fire paramedics to a local hospital and was listed in critical condition. But on Friday, Alvarenga died from his injuries, police said.

Now homicide detectives are seeking help from the public in identifying the man on the bicycle. Anyone with information about the incident can call (818) 756-3363. Callers can remain anonymous.

-- Ruben Vives