Camera captures hit-and-run driver striking cyclist in Echo Park

Collision took place on Alvarado near Sunset in Echo Park

The collision took place on Alvarado near Sunset in Echo Park

ECHO PARKCBS2 has obtained a surveillance video of a hit-and-run driver who struck a cyclist on Alvarado Street near Sunset Boulevard last week, leaving the victim to writhe in pain in the middle of the street.

The video shows how the motorist of a dark-colored sedan drives off after hitting the cyclist, Michael Starr, following the collision early Friday morning. “Thought he was going to run me over,” Starr told CBS2.

The driver of the vehicle, described as a 5 or 7 Series BMW, did get out briefly at one point but then returned to his car and drove away, said Starr, who suffered some scrapes and bruises.

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  1. It had to be a BMW.

  2. You gotta wear a helmet, people. We’ve got crazies in BMWs mowing us down..

  3. Hovannes Anonimyan

    And be careful of BMWs and Mercs if you’re walking on the sidewalk in Glendale!

  4. Hit and run is now the norm, how do people live with themselves?
    I got hit once, broken bones etc, guy got out, said, “sorry” then took off without helping.
    We need tougher insurance/registration enforcement, and def harsher penalties for hit n run.

    • Good luck with that – a lot of people driving around without insurance or licences because law enforcement is looking the other way. The city doesn’t seem interested in cracking down on drivers without the proper documents for fear they may be here illegally and may be subject to deportation; therefore they won’t cite them, let alone arrest them, for something the rest of us would pay dearly for. It isn’t fair and it’s not right. The city should start impounding cars again for anyone driving without a license or valid insurance (or unsafe vehicles for the matter). If more people have to pay to to get their cars out of impound, may be that would impel them to get licensed and insured. If I have to abide by the law, then everyone else has to too.

      • That’s completely unfounded and xenophobic. Way to turn a legitimate discussion about safety and driver responsibility into bigotry.

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