A bicyclist was struck and killed while riding their bike in the Central-Alameda neighborhood of Los Angeles on the evening of May 9.

Police officers were dispatched to 2100 South Alameda Street near Los Angeles’ downtown district just after 8:30 p.m. They found a bicyclist deceased on the ground upon their arrival. Nearby, there was an immobilized vehicle. The driver was later determined to have likely struck a light pole and the bicyclist.

One witness to the crash reportedly told Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives that she saw another vehicle drag racing the motorist. No other witnesses were able to corroborate her story, though.

A preliminary investigation initiated by LAPD detectives also led them to believe that street racing may have been to blame for the crash. They’ve since moved away from that conclusion. Detectives announced early on May 10 that they no longer believe that’s the case. They noted that their investigation continues and that they may eventually file charges.

The bicyclist is believed to have died instantly from the impact of the crash. He was reportedly dragged several hundred feet after having been struck also. The driver of the car was transported to an area hospital where he was admitted with a broken leg. It’s possible that he suffered arm injuries as well.

Riding a bike any time of the day along LA’s busy streets is dangerous. When bicyclists take to the road at night, they risk not being seen. When fatal accidents occur, an experienced attorney can help loved ones file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver.