Bicyclist Killed, Motorist Injured in Possible Street Racing Crash in Downtown L.A.

A bicyclist died and a motorist was hospitalized in unknown condition following a collision in downtown Los Angeles late Thursday that police said may have involved street racing.

The crash took place about 8:55 p.m. in the 2100 block of South Alameda Street, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.

The car struck a utility pole – and the bicyclist – and then ended up overturned, she said.

Firefighters quickly pulled the driver from the vehicle, officials said. He was hospitalized with minor injuries.

The involved bicyclist was determined to be "beyond medical help" and pronounced dead at the scene, Stewart said in a written statement.

The involved car, described as a Honda, was northbound on Alameda when it struck the cyclist, Capt. Gary Walters of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division said.

"The Honda continued northbound along Alameda, pushing the bicyclist along until he lost control at the railroad tracks," the captain said. "And they slid across the street and struck a utility pole, at which point the bicyclist was killed."

Investigators were looking into the possibility the street racing played a role in the crash, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

"His speed appeared to be excessive," Walters said of the driver.

The driver of the car was being detained at the hospital on suspicion of negligent manslaughter, according to Walters. The investigation remained in its early stages.

No further details were available.

Anyone with information can reach Los Angeles police at 877-527-3247. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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