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Ghost Bike Installed on Laurel Canyon Boulevard [Updated]

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In early December, 52-year-old Robert Painter, a Canadian citizen living in Los Angeles, was hit by a driver while riding his bicycle on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood. The driver left the scene and Painter later died in the hospital (read more about the account on LAist's post).

Yesterday, LAist reader and commenter Thrasher installed a ghost bike near the location of the crash, most appropriately attached to a Bike Lane sign. Ghost bikes, painted in white, are intended to act as a memorial for fallen riders, but also raise awareness about cycling issues.

UPDATE: Detective Doug Larkin says the case is still ongoing. "We're still looking for any leads that we have," he explained over the phone. "We're kinda at a stalemate right now." Anyone with information on this case can call Larkin at (818) 644-8036 or during off-hours, 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

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