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Bicyclist killed in morning accident in L.A.'s Mt. Washington area

August 19, 2012 |  8:07 pm

A 34-year-old Los Angeles man died after an early-morning bike accident when he crashed into a steep hillside Sunday.

Jean Carlos Galaviz was riding his bike southbound on Canon Crest Street toward Avenue 45 around 3:40 a.m. when he failed to turn and crashed, said Officer Sae Ko with the LAPD’s central traffic division.

“It is steep, and it is narrow,” Ko said of the streets in the Mt. Washington area of Los Angeles.

The impact of the crash propelled Galaviz, who had just left a relative's home, into a hillside.

Paramedics took the man to USC Medical Center, where he died from abdominal and internal bleeding, Ko said.

Ko said authorities are waiting for toxicology results to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

He said nothing suspicious stands out about the incident, and police do not believe other bicyclists or cars were involved.


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