By LUCY GUANUNA
ECHO PARK — Police continue to search for the driver of a stolen vehicle in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a motorcyclist on Sunset Boulevard earlier this month.
The crash happened Saturday, June 10 at about 12:20 a.m. when the suspect, who was driving eastbound on Sunset, made a left turn onto Portia Street and struck the westbound motorcyclist, said Officer E. McGowan with the LAPD’s Central Traffic Bureau. The front end of the vehicle hit the victim, 28-year-old Ryan Huffman. Huffman was transported to the hospital where he died of his injuries.
The suspect continued on Portia before stopping the vehicle and fleeing on foot. The vehicle, a black 2005 Chevy Equinox, was reported stolen prior to the collision, said McGowan.Sign up here for Neighborhood News Alerts via email
Witnesses described the man as a Latino or Middle Eastern, 35 to 40-years-old with a bald or shaved head, said McGowan. Detectives are reviewing surveillance footage from surrounding businesses to help identify the man.
The crash happened in front of the Little Joy bar, where a makeshift memorial to Huffman composed of photos, candles, flowers and notes now stands outside on the sidewalk. A Go Fund Me campaign has raised more than $4,400 of its $5,000 goal to cover costs for Huffman’s memorial services.
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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