Man Arrested on Suspicion of Hit-and-Run Crash That Left Bicyclist Dead, 2nd Cyclist Injured in Winnetka
A man was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left one bicyclist dead and another seriously injured in Winnetka, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Tuesday.
Victor Mainwal Jr., 47, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and his 1998 Chevy utility vehicle was impounded for evidence, police said.
Both bicyclists were on their way home from working at a restaurant at Ventura Boulevard and Tampa Avenue on May 24 when they were struck by a utility truck in the 6500 block of Winnetka Avenue, according to police.
Mainwal allegedly stopped and looked over his shoulder at the victims before fleeing the scene and driving to a nearby motel parking lot, according to police.
He then allegedly waited for several minutes before leaving the parking lot westbound on Vanowen Street, police added.
Shortly after the crash, a witness said Mainwal ran into the bicyclists intentionally.
“He was driving behind the bicyclists. He saw them, he changed the lane on purpose, hit them from the behind,” said Vladimir, a witness at the scene. “Run over the bicycles and took off.”
Police have not confirmed whether the crash was intentional or accidental.
Mainwal is being held on a $50,000 bail, inmate records indicate. His case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Tuesday for filing considerations, police said.
Correction: An earlier version of this article gave the incorrect last name on repeat references to the suspect. The post has been updated.