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Hit-and-Run Drivers Sought After Bicyclist Is Fatally Struck in Whittier Narrows Area

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Heriberto Ruiz was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver in the Whittier Narrows area on June 6, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Investigators were searching for two hit-and-run drivers after a bicyclist was fatally struck early Saturday morning in the Whittier Narrows area, officials said.

Bicyclist Heriberto Ruiz, 47, was struck by two hit-and-run drivers while traveling southbound on Rosemead Boulevard, approaching the 60 Freeway around 2:50 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol officials.

A vehicle also traveling south overtook Ruiz and collided with his bicycle, causing fatal injuries, witnesses told the CHP.

The driver fled the scene in an unknown direction before a second vehicle approached Ruiz.

The second driver realized something was in front of him and moved into another lane, stopping next to Ruiz when a third driver struck the bicyclist before colliding with the second driver’s vehicle.

The driver of the third vehicle fled the area in a southernly direction.

The second hit-and-run driver’s vehicle was described as a late-2000 model, white minivan, CHP stated in a news release. No description of the first vehicle was available. 

Anyone with information was asked to contact the East Los Angeles CHP office at 323-980-4600.