Bicyclist Dies Suspected DUI Hit-and-Run Crash in Lancaster

According to a recent story on the My News LA website, a motorist was arrested on suspicion of DUI manslaughter after a fatal crash in Lancaster on Sunday morning.

Sgt. Michael Politano with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told reporters that the two-vehicle crash happened at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 27, at the intersection of Avenue I and 13th Street West.

The driver of a BMW was heading Eastbound on Avenue I when it attempted a left turn at 13th Street West. The sedan crossed directly into the path of a motorcyclist heading westbound on Avenue I.

The motorcyclist was pitched from his bike and landed on the pavement, while the BMW was disabled in the intersection.

“The driver of the BMW fled the scene on foot,” Sgt. Politano said, “but was later apprehended by deputies. The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.”

Investigators say that immediately following the collision, the driver of the BMW locked their vehicle door, and deputies were forced to break it to gain entry. A short time later, LACSD deputies found the suspect hiding in a nearby clump of bushes. 

They were arrested on suspicion of DUI manslaughter while intoxicated, felony hit-and-run, and DUI causing injury. 

So far, the identity of the suspect has not been released.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department urges anyone with any information about the crash to contact the Lancaster Station’s Traffic Division at (661) 948-8466.

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