Driver Sought in Late-Night Crash That Killed Bicyclist in South Gate

Officials asked the public's help Sunday in identifying the driver who fled after fatally striking a bicyclist at a freeway on-ramp in South Gate.

The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday as the victim rode his bike eastbound on a crosswalk at the 710 Freeway on-ramp on Imperial Highway, according to California Highway Patrol.

The victim was described as a man in his 60s, Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said. His identity was not released pending notification of family.

The driver of a large black Ford SUV or pickup truck hit the bicyclist while entering the freeway, CHP said. The motorist left after the collision, the agency said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The incident triggered a SigAlert on the northbound 710 Freeway near the Imperial Highway at around midnight. It was lifted about three hours later.

Anyone with information can contact CHP Officer J. Vargas at 323-980-4600.



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