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Motorcyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in Echo Park

Echo Park sidewalk memorial to motorcycle crash victim Ryan Huffman

Sidewalk memorial in honor of motorcyclist Ryan Huffman

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.

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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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2 comments

  1. Very dangerous pedestrian crossing area as well. Passing by Ryan’s memorial in front of Little Joy is such a tragic reminder. Condolences to his family and friends, looked like a really swell guy. I hope detectives find the culprit soon. RIP

  2. RIP. Such a tragedy. How could someone not stop to help a person they hit? What is wrong with them?

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