By LUCY GUANUNA
LINCOLN HEIGHTS — A cyclist riding on the wrong side of the street was killed in a traffic collision in Lincoln Heights early this morning.
The collision happened at the intersection of Humboldt Street and Avenue 26 at about 1:30 a.m., said Officer Robert Palma with LAPD’s Central Traffic Division. The cyclist was riding on the wrong side of the street as he traveled southbound on Humboldt before colliding with a vehicle driving westbound on Avenue 26
The cyclist, a Latino male in his early 30s, was pronounced dead on the scene, Palma said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Updated @ 11:57 a.m.: The LAPD Central Traffic Division identified the victim as 22-year-old Giovanni Cali of Los Angeles. More details of the incident were also released:“The collision occured when Giovanni Cali, 22 years old and a resident of Los Angeles, and his companion, Esteban Ruiz, were riding their bicycles southbound on Humboldt Street. As they entered the intersection at Avenue 26, Ruiz saw a vehicle traveling westbound on Avenue 26 and was able to avoid being struck. Mr. Cali, however, did not see the vehicle and was struck by the oncoming vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Kazem Samadi, 49 years old, also a resident of Los Angeles, was interviewed and released at the scene. He was not under the influence of drugs or narcotics.”
Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
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