Cy­clist killed in hit-run

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - — Brit­tny Me­jia

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are search­ing for a driver who fa­tally struck a cy­clist Tues­day in Stan­ton and fled the scene.

The cy­clist fell off his bi­cy­cle into the far right lane while rid­ing through an al­ley­way next to south­bound lanes of Beach Boule­vard, ac­cord­ing to an Or­ange County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The cy­clist, iden­ti­fied as Jorge Co­var­ru­bias of Stan­ton, was then run over by what wit­nesses de­scribed as a dark­col­ored SUV, said Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment spokesman Lt. Jeff Hal­lock. Deputies re­sponded about 4:45 a.m. and found the vic­tim dead.

A video re­leased by the Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment shows one wit­ness walk­ing north on Beach Boule­vard about 30 to 40 yards from where Co­var­ru­bias fell, Hal­lock said. The wit­ness ini­tially be­gins run­ning to­ward the vic­tim.

“As he’s run­ning to­ward the vic­tim, that’s when the vic­tim is hit by the ve­hi­cle,” Hal­lock said.

Although the ve­hi­cle ini­tially slowed, the driver then took off at a high rate of speed south on Beach Boule­vard.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment’s Traf­fic Bureau at (714) 647-7000 or (949) 4251860.

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