Bicyclist Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver, Cops Say Crash Was Intentional

A bicyclist was fatally struck late Tuesday afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles, and authorities believe he was hit intentionally by a driver who fled the scene.

The incident took place at about 4:45 p.m. in the 600 block of San Julian Street, according to City News Service.

The victim, a man in his 40s, died a short time later at a hospital, said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. The man's name has not yet been released.

Sgt. Chris Carson of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division says the motorist was driving a 1992-1997 Mitsubishi Montero SUV, and describes the driver as being a mustachioed Hispanic man of about 45-55. The suspect's vehicle will likely have right front end damage.

The suspect did not stop to render aid to the bicyclist. Carson says the preliminary investigation indicates the suspect deliberately ran over the victim.