LAPD Faces Accusations of Inaction in Silver Lake Cyclist Hit and Run

jen_bleeding.jpgHere’s an incredibly disturbing story from LiveJournal about local cyclist Jen Diamond’s horrifying hit-and-run experience and the LAPD’s apparent slothlike response despite the availability of eye witnesses, a driver description and plate numbers:

There were witnesses beyond the two riders who were with her when she was hit. Men in a Jeep traveling south on Alvarado saw the whole of the incident. They witnessed a white Honda Civic swerve out of its lane and hit Jen from behind at full-speed without slowing. The witness stated that the maneuver appeared intentional, as the Honda was tracking straight before and after the collision.

The impact launched her in to the air and instantly smashed her rear bicycle wheel. Between impact and landing her wrist was snapped in two places. Her knuckles were shredded. Her shoes were knocked off. Her feet were abraded. Debris was lodged in to her grated-open forehead.

The witnesses made a u-turn and gave chase. They recorded the license plate of the Honda and were able to get a look at the driver. The Honda driver escaped at speed. The witnesses returned to the scene and gave a statement to the police that suggested at the very least vehicular assault, possibly attempted murder and incontrovertbily described a serious case of felony hit-and-run.

The crux of the problem is that they’re classifying it as a regular traffic accident and investigating it accordingly. Despite the fact that somebody intentionally ran this woman down with their car. More photos, case numbers and phone numbers over at the source if you want to raise a stink about it with the appropriate people. It’s also a good reminder how important it is to respect everyone you’re sharing the road with. I’ve had people swerve at me, honk at me or gun their engines thinking it was funny to try to scare the guy on the bike. Not only is not funny, it’s not safe or legal and if it goes wrong and you hit me you could be going to jail for a very long time.

9 Replies to “LAPD Faces Accusations of Inaction in Silver Lake Cyclist Hit and Run”

  1. Alverado at Sunset is a horrible bike run. The street is so poorly paved and even more poorly lit in many spots. There are blind spots going north and the whole street is a speedway for commuters just off the congested 101 or 2 freeways. No fun at all…

    It sucks the way that the LAPD stalled on this case and it sucks that it took public outrage to get them moving. But, its pretty rad how quickly the tools of live journal and myspace and bikeboom and blogs like this one got the word out to the community and in turn to Council Person Eric Garcetti whose office has really jumped into action in support of Jen.

    As I wrote elsewhere…

    I really appreciate that today, in my outrage, I could call my local council persons office and that that his staff members were knowledgeable, sympathetic and quick to action.

    I hope Council Person Garcetti uses this opportunity to both bring this criminal to justice and shed light on safety issues that daily bike commuters and bike enthusiast in our district have been facing for some time now as highlighted by both this incident and the recent death of Officer Landon Dorris, who was killed who was killed in the line of duty when conducting a routine traffic investigation on Riverside Drive.

    District 13 is a bike friendly community and as such our governance and infrastructure should reflect that.

    a35mmlife

  2. If the phone calls don’t work, the next logical step is to show up in numbers. Please keep us updated if there are any such plans to bike over to City Hall, etc.

  3. I talked to Garcetti’s office yesterday and they have been great–really caring. You can read more about how they are helping make sure that this is one of LAPD’s top priorities at the livejournal link.

  4. I talked to Garcetti’s office yesterday and they have been great–really caring. You can read more about how they are helping make sure that this is one of LAPD’s top priorities at the livejournal link.

    Yeah, if anybody hasn’t clicked through it’s worth doing so to read the comments. Sounds like the District 13 people are all over it.

  5. I was very moved by the posting and by the original LiveJournal entry. The assault is horrifying indeed, and the initial official response spoke to the prejudices that non-cyclists have toward bicyclists.

    I wrote an email letter to Councilman Garcetti praising him for taking action. Public officials need positive reinforcement as well as negative, so always call to complain, but remember to give strokes too for doing the right thing.

    Keep riding!

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