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Bicyclist Killed In South L.A. Hit-And-Run

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A bicyclist was struck and killed by a car in South L.A. early Saturday morning. Officers arrived on the scene around 2:30 a.m. and pronounced the man dead on the scene, according to City News Service. The man is thought to have been between 45 and 50 years old.

The hit-and-run occurred at the intersection of Broadway and 88th Street in South L.A., according to the Los Angeles Police Department South Traffic Division. A witness told NBC that the cyclist was walking his bike across the street when a black Chevy Tahoe sped through the intersection in an attempt to make the light. He did not stop before or after he struck the cyclist.

Authorities are currently searching for the driver.

The location of this hit-and-run is right along the one-mile stretch of bike lanes heading to Broadway as part of Vision Zero plans in the area. Vision Zero is Mayor Eric Garcetti's initiative to reduce traffic deaths to zero by 2025, and "road diets" and added bike lanes are a major component of this effort. South L.A. will also receive bike lanes on Hoover Street, Avalon Boulevard, and Main Street. Vision Zero reported a 43% increase in traffic deaths its first year, so it is still unclear whether the upcoming South L.A. bike lanes will prevent future hit-and-runs.