Echo Park pedestrian dies after being hit by bike rider

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ECHO PARK — The 77-year-old pedestrian who was struck by a cyclist last this month while crossing Glendale Boulevard has died of his injuries, police said.

Levon Avetisyan died on Sunday, Nov. 1, said Felix Padilla, a detective with the LAPD Central Traffic Division.  While collisions between cyclists and pedestrians are not uncommon, Padilla said he’s not aware of any that have resulted in a death in the Central Division, which stretches from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights.

Avetisyan was taking a regular morning walk to Echo Park Lake on Oct. 15 when he was struck by a bike rider on Glendale Boulevard just north of the junction of First Street and Beverly Boulevard, Padilla said. The cyclist was riding northbound but it’s not clear how fast he was going when he crashed into Avetisyan, who was taken to a hospital with severe head injuries.

The bike rider, described as a male white in his 40s, remained on the scene until paramedics arrived. But the rider had left by the time police arrived, and his name and contact information were never recorded, Padilla said. While the bike rider stayed at the crash scene, Padilla said he’s treating the case as a hit-and-run for now.

Padilla said the witnesses who have so far provided information did not see the crash itself, only the aftermath.

“We are trying to reconstruct it as best we can,” Padilla said of the crash. “We would like to hear from the cyclist. The family would like to know what happened. “

Anyone with information about the cyclist is asked to call the LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives at 213-833-3713 or call  877-527-3247 during non-business hours and weekends. Those who want to remain  anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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  1. Really sad. Sorry for your loss, Avetisyan family.

    Strange that the person stayed on the scene for a while. That seems rare for hit-and-runs.

  2. This is terribly sad, My condolences to the family and friends.

    Not trying to start a viscous argument, but can anyone explain why bikes that use public streets don;t have to carry insurance? They are a vehicle using public streets I know 99% of cyclists are rule following and cautious, but accidents like this can happen. A few years ago a friend was seriously hurt by a bike and required over a year of physical therapy. While the cyclist was held liable, they had no money and without insurance she was let to pay for all her bills by herself. I’m no avcuary but i doubt the cost would be that high, and frankly whatever it is it is. It seems a common sense requirement, especially as the city pushes (understandably so) to increase bike use and the number of bikes throughout the city.

    • Why bike riders don’t have to carry insurance: they pose almost no risk to other people and property.

      Here we have a very sad, and incredibly rare, instance of a bike rider smashing into a person walking and killing the walker.

      This is news-worthy because it is incredibly rare. The story of automobile carnage and destruction on a daily basis is just background noise to most of us, but cars cause real damage to lives and property every day. Bike riders … not so much and not nearly as much as motorists do – and that is true in absolute as well as proportional measures.

      • Rare, but as the number of bike’s increase on LA streets, so will these incidents. A lot may go unreported. If they are in fact incredibly rare, then the insurance rates would be very cheap. Why not pay a few dollars a month so when a tragedy like this occurs, the victim can get restituion?

        • Really, Really?? Yes, because life in LA isn’t expensive or litigious enough. Let’s insure everything for “just a couple bucks”

          • Insurance is to protect yourself from a litigous society. This cyclist will find that out if he’s caught and the victims lawyers bankrupt him. $10/mo will sound awfully inexpensive then.

        • Good point. You can’t compare the number of cyclists to drivers on L.A. streets and highways. Moreover, barely a day goes by without me watching an entitled cyclist run a stop sign, recklessly weave through traffic, or dangerously maneuver through red lights, and all without helmets(?!?). It’s informative how many apologists appear on behalf of this hit-and-run cyclist compared to the outrage at just the thought of reckless drivers. Something is severely out of whack with this scenario.

          • LOL, who’s apologizing? Obviously it’s tragic. Some have just pointed out that being killed by a cyclist is super rare (LAPD’s words, not mine) while being killed by a motorist… that happens once or twice a day in LA county.

            And even if we had as many cyclists as Amsterdam, the number of pedestrians killed by cyclists would still be minuscule compared with the number killed by motorists (I couldn’t even find a single link on google about something like this happening in Holland; yet half of all trips are made by bike and there’s 17 million people living there.)

            I mean really, It’s just basic physics: a man on a bikes weighs what 200lbs? And top speeds are usually under 20mph… whereas cars weighs 4,000 lbs; and in LA, routinely hit speeds in excess of 40mph right smack in the middle of densely populated urban neighborhoods.

            It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to assess which is a very predictable threat; and which is a tragic outlier.

          • See what i mean?

          • Btw, it also doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict that cyclists who consistently run stop signs, recklessly weave through traffic, or dangerously maneuver through red lights without helmets(?!?) are actively disregarding the laws of physics you just articulated. It’s also been firmly established that L.A. is NOT Amsterdam. There was a great 60 Minutes segment on just that topic a few months ago. I suggest you check it out and incorporate a little more balance into your otherwise severely-biased rhetoric.

  3. Absolutely terrible news about this accident. Can we all agree not to bring up car vs bike vs ped issues?

  4. Sad for the poor old guy who got hit. Accident no doubt, but what’s the guy to do? Sit there and wait all day for some black and white to show up so that he can get something put on his record? The guy took care of the most important part and that was making sure help arrived to try and save him. If the “never around when you f*cking need them” cops didn’t show up and he leaves AFTER then so be it. Should’ve passed on the guarding the donut shop that night.

    • Provide the paramedics or the injured with your contact information like a responsible human being.

    • And if the driver of a car had done the same thing, you would be calling for an all-out manhunt for the dirty bum.

      Same exact thing. If I hit a pedestrian–whether with my car or my bicycle–I am responsible and I should stay until the police show up. Doesn’t even matter if the person is killed or injured.

      Personally, if I were the cops, I’d be checking Strava for some record…

  5. Who called 9-1-1? If it was the bicyclist it should be easy to track him down. But how long does it take the LAPD to arrive at the scene? Let’s assume 5 minutes for the ambulance to arrive and another 5 minutes to get him off to the hospital. Where is the LAPD?

  6. LAPD took 30 minutes to arrive to an injury motorcycle accident that I witnessed. The injured cyclist was long gone as were most of the witnesses by the time they arrived. And the ones who finally arrived were flagged down. They said they weren’t even responding to the call, just driving by.

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