LAPD seeks hit-and-run driver in Winnetka crash that killed motorcyclist

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Los Angeles police are searching for the driver of a black sedan — possibly a BMW — after a hit-and-run crash Tuesday in Winnetka that killed a motorcyclist.

The crash was reported around 8:30 p.m. in the area of Oakdale Avenue and Sherman Way, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Division.

The crash victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Lopez said. He died in surgery at a hospital, police said, and his name is being withheld pending family notification.

Authorities are looking for the driver, described as a man in his late 20s or early 30s who is possibly Armenian or Hispanic. The sedan had tinted windows and dark rims, police added.

Lopez said the crash occurred when the sedan’s driver headed westbound on Sherman Way at Oakdale Avenue and negotiated a left turn on southbound Oakdale, where he collided with the motorcyclist who was traveling eastbound on Sherman Way.

“The BMW clipped the motorcyclist,” Lopez said.

The impact of the crash caused the motorcyclist to travel southeast before slamming into a vehicle parked on eastbound Sherman Way east of Oakdale along the south curb, police said.

The motorcyclist was ejected from his bike, Lopez said.

“The driver of the black sedan stopped momentarily and left without rendering aid to the motorcyclist,” who suffered major injuries before his death, Lopez said.

Anyone with information on the crash is being asked to contact Valley Traffic Detective William Bustos at 818-644-8021 or Detectives L. Fuentes or J. Avila at 818-644-8034.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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