Teen Cyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run Focus of Memorial ‘Ghost Bike’ Ride
A 19-year-old cyclist was set to be honored Friday evening with a group ride and a “ghost bike” to be placed at the spot in South Los Angeles where he was killed by a driver who fled the scene.
Friends, family and cycling advocates were expected to gather at 7 p.m. to remember Oscar Orlando Toledo Jr., who went by “Snoopy.”
Toledo was struck at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday at South Normandie Avenue and West 47th Street by a maroon Pontiac that didn’t stop to help him, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
He was transported from the scene but later died at the hospital. On Thursday, friends had gathered at the crash site, leaving flowers and candles and unsuccessfully holding back tears.
“He died alone on the street. And he didn’t deserve to go out like that,” longtime friend Robert Reyes said Thursday.
Toledo had just become a father himself, his mother Maricela Chavez said.
Residents had said motorists drive at unsafe speeds through that area.
At 7 p.m. Friday, cyclists were asked to gather at Watts Labor Community Action Committee in Watts for a ride to 47th and Normandie.
At the crash site, a white-painted “ghost bike” was set to be placed as part of a memorial for Toledo.
“Hope to see everyone there in full bright colors and lights,” stated a Facebook invitation to the ride.
Toledo’s family asked that anyone who wished to donate money for his funeral it to Wells Fargo account No. 9869983123.