2 bicyclists killed in Chatsworth crash: LAPD

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A man was taken into custody after two bicyclists were left dead in a crash Tuesday night in Chatsworth, authorities said.

The incident was reported around 7:15 p.m. in the area of Plummer Street and Lurline Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The victims, only identified as a man and a woman, were pronounced dead at the scene, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

L.A. County coroner’s officials identified the man as 58-year-old Matthew Zink. They have not yet released the woman’s name, but friends identified her as Anna and told KTLA she was seven months pregnant.

Zink’s son set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money for funeral expenses. The account indicates Zink was riding home with a friend when they were struck by a drunken driver.

The suspect, described as a man driving a red truck, had failed to stop after hitting the bicyclists, Lopez said.

The man continued driving until he struck a wall in the area of Knapp Street and De Soto Avenue, and was then taken into custody, Lopez said.

Police later identified the driver as Nelson Rodriguez, a 58-year-old resident of Chatsworth.

Rodriguez will face murder charges in the collision, police added.

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