A 54-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed by a FedEx delivery truck driver as he rode his bike in an industrial area in south central Los Angeles on the morning of Thursday, March 15. The incident occurred near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Staunton Avenue just before 8:40 a.m.
According to witnesses, the bicyclist had apparently been riding in the eastbound direction along Washington Boulevard and was in the middle of its intersection with Staunton Avenue when she was struck. She was apparently right in front of the FedEx driver when she was hit.
The FedEx driver reportedly didn’t make any attempt to stop his truck after crashing into the woman. Instead, he allegedly continued to pull her body for a short distance under his vehicle. Her body ultimately came to rest in the center of the road.
In the hours following the crash, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) issued a statement requesting that anyone who had more information about the identity of the driver to come forward. LAPD investigators also made contact with dispatch at FedEx. By the end of the day, they announced that the driver had been identified as a 34-year-old man and was being questioned in connection with the crash.
Police note that it would have been virtually impossible in their estimation, based on the physical evidence collected at the crash scene, for the FedEx driver to have either not known the woman was in front of him or that he struck her. Surveillance footage in the area confirmed that it was indeed a FedEx truck that crashed into the female bicyclist.
An LAPD spokesperson has noted that the driver who struck the woman would not be facing potential hit-and-run and manslaughter charges had he simply stayed behind to either render assistance or cooperate with the investigation.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal bike crash, then a Los Angeles bicycle accidents attorney can advise you of your right to recover funeral expenses and other damages associated with your loved one’s untimely death.
Source: KTLA 5, “Man detained for questioning after FedEx truck hits, kills bicyclist in downtown L.A. area,” Tracy Bloom, March 15, 2018