Cyclist Killed in Koreatown Was Not Hit-and-Run Victim, Was Lying in the Street When Struck, LAPD Says

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Police investigate a fatal hit-and-run crash in Koreatown on Feb. 20, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

Police investigate a fatal hit-and-run crash in Koreatown on Feb. 20, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

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A man who was fatally struck by a car in Koreatown Wednesday morning may have been drinking and was lying in the street, police said, revising their earlier description of the incident as a hit-and-run.

Authorities received a report about a bicyclist down on Wilshire Boulevard just west of South Berendo Street about 3:30 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Elaine Morales said.

Police initially believed the man was down in the street because he had been struck by a hit-and-run driver, then run over a second time by a motorist who stayed at the scene.

While working on the case later Wednesday morning, police reviewed surveillance video from the area, and now believe there was no “first” car, the captain said. The man was struck by only one car, whose driver remained at the scene.

The bicyclist had apparently been riding back and forth across Wilshire Boulevard before stopping in the street. It was unclear why the man came to be lying the street, Morales said.

Eventually, while the man was in the street, a BMW hit and dragged him about 30 feet. The driver of the BMW did stop and cooperate with authorities.

The unidentified cyclist, described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coroner’s officials told authorities they smelled alcohol at the scene, Morales said.

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