A car and motorcycle that were racing down Sunset Boulevard at more than 60 miles per hour ended in a crash Thursday night in front of the Echo Park fire station, leaving the cyclist in critical condition.
Police said the two vehicles were heading eastbound at about 11:35 p.m. on a curving section of Sunset Boulevard when the motorcyclist lost control and veered off into the side Fire Station N0. 20 at the corner of Sunset and Mohawk Street, according to details from the LAPD Central Traffic Division.
“He was taken to LAC+USC Medical Center by paramedics from Station 20 with severe head injuries,” according to the LAPD announcement. The motorcycle driver, described as an approximately 20-year-old male Latino, was listed in critical condition.
The driver of the car, described as a possible white, Mitsubishi Lancer, fled the scene eastbound on Sunset Boulevard.
The curving section of Sunset Boulevard, known as Mohawk Bend, has over the years been the scene of numerous collisions and crashes, with motorists losing control as they take on the curve going too fast. In 2009, a 21-year-old driver was killed when her car -traveling at at estimated 70 miles per hour – skidded out of control and slammed into the corner of Lucy’s Laundrymart.
Anyone with information about Thursday night’s crash is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Felix Padilla at (213) 486-0753 or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 486-3713.
* Update on Monday, Feb. 17: The motorcyclist, 20-year-old Jaime Aguilar of Los Angeles, died on Saturday morning, according to Detective Padilla. The driver of the other vehicle has not been found.