A bicyclist was killed by a still at-large hit and run driver along the Pacific Coast Highway Tuesday night in Santa Monica.
According to local police, the fatal collision occurred at around 11:30 p.m. on the coastal highway near Entrada Driver where a white vehicle described as either a pickup truck or SUV crashed into a woman riding her bike along the side of the road.
Police were called to the scene to attempt to revive the woman, but her injuries were too severe, and she was pronounced dead on sight.
The mystery driver in the mystery vehicle immediately fled the area after crashing into the bicyclist. Little is known about who the suspect is, or what he or she looks like.
The woman, said to be in her 30s, has yet to be identified as the county coroner’s office is still working to notify her next of kin.
Police closed down the southbound lanes of the highway for several hours to clean up the accident and to search for anything that could lead to information about the driver. Lanes were finally reopened more than four hours later, just before 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The circumstances of the accident still remain unknown. It has yet to be determined if the driver committed some kind of dangerous or illegal maneuver, or if the collision was more of an unfortunate mishap, though fleeing from the scene does suggest that the driver had no plans for speaking with investigators about the crash.
At this time the only credible information available is that the vehicle was a full sized truck or SUV with major front end damage as a result of the accident. Anyone with additional information that can lead to an arrest is being encouraged to notify the Santa Ana Police Department immediately.
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