Driver Arrested in Hit-And-Run Death of Bicyclist
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2023) – Felipe Avalos, 66, of Compton, was arrested Tuesday for the death of a bicyclist he allegedly struck at Broadway and Imperial Highway in the southeast Los Angeles area.
The Compton man was booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and is being held on $50,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments.
Felipe Avalos is accused of driving a van that struck a bicyclist at about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24th near Broadway and Imperial Highway, police said. The victim was also dragged by the van to Broadway and West 117th Street and left for dead, police said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff Coroner has not yet released the victim’s name.
Investigators with the LAPD’s South Traffic Division were able to find surveillance video that
captured the bicycle accident and provided images of the suspect’s older model Chevrolet Astro van. Also, witnesses provided police with a possible license plate number.
During the investigation, police were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle parked in a driveway at a Compton home and observed the suspect matching the description provided by witnesses. Police placed Felipe Avalos under arrest as he was exiting his home.
Witnesses or anyone with information about the fatal crash may contact detectives at the LAPD South Traffic Division at 323-421-2500, or the 24-hour tip line 877-LAPD-247.
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Source: MyNewsLA, LAPD
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