Police Arrest Driver Who Injured Cyclist And Fled The Scene

Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, after CCTV footage showed him running into a cyclist and fleeing the scene.

CBS Local reports that the crash happened at approximately 10:20 p.m. on Thursday evening last week. Security camera vision shows a man riding a bicycle alongside Whittier Boulevard when a white Chevrolet Silverado comes into view, crosses the center divider into oncoming traffic and slamms into the cyclist head-on.

The impact destroyed the bicycle and sent the rider up in the air and down to the pavement. The Silverado driver then fled the scene.

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The Los Angeles Police Department announced a reward of up to $25,000 for information that led to the offending driver’s identification, apprehension and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise. Just a few hours later, 23-year-old Luis Raya-Flores was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and was being held in lieu of $80,000 bail. According to the police, the 53-year-old cyclist was taken to hospital with severe injuries. As of Tuesday afternoon this week, he was at home recovering.

“After the collision, the driver failed to stop to render aid, identify himself or herself and fled the scene in the vehicle,” the LAPD said in a statement. According to Detective Campos, Raya-Flores admitted to being the driver when he was questioned by the officers, and said he fled because he was panicked.

 

  • Adilos Nave

    The driver clearly lacks a conscious and should be sentenced to death for such a heinous act.

  • Aeromann

    He fled because he has a small brain.

    • He fled because he was an illegal

  • robotlogic

    F that truck driver! He should loose his licence and have his truck crushed into a cube!

  • Knotmyrealname

    What was that about a wall?

  • William rowe

    The driver of the pickup was wrong but it also looks like the men on the bike was going against the flow of traffic on a one way street..

    • Jerry Hightower

      The article clearly states that the vehicle crossed the center divider.

    • McFly

      What makes you think it’s a one way street? Aren’t there four lanes and cars parked in both directions?

    • Thunderbolt

      Solid line on the middle means 2 ways street.

  • JqC

    Yes, all the below comments are valid…. but I wonder why the guy on the bike just kept driving into a clearly oncoming car. I don’t care if I am in the right or in the wrong. If I see another vehicle coming right at me, I get out of the way, or on the curb. Whatever it takes.

    • brn

      I clicked on it frame by frame and it’s difficult to justify the lack of response from the biker. Every reason to believe he was looking forward. Not even as much as a flinch before getting hit. Strange.

      • JqC

        He believed he had the right of way!!! And he’d be damned if he’ll be seen to flinch!!!

  • Thunderbolt

    Santuary city, legal action just can’t touch them.

  • Thunderbolt

    I bet you Flores was on the phone.

  • Paul

    The biker just keeps on going and standing up taller like do you see me now, the kerpow. I guess not. I almost think both are to blame here but especially the pickup.

  • Six_Tymes

    Attempted murder.

  • badcyclist

    Lots of drivers want to say the bike was in the wrong, even when the facts clearly indicate otherwise. It’s the number two excuse, right behind “I didn’t see him.”

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