ARLETA (CBSLA.com) — A bicyclist died on Thursday after being struck by a vehicle in Arleta.
The incident unfolded around 2 a.m. in the area of Van Nuys Boulevard and Beachy Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Upon their arrival, officers learned a male bicyclist was struck head on by a car, located across the street from Arleta High School.
Paramedics pronounced the bicyclist dead at the scene. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending family notification.
However, family members have described the victim as a man in his 30s.
The driver of the vehicle reportedly fled from the scene on foot.
According to police, the suspect was taken into custody about a mile away from the scene after officers responded to report of a hot prowl incident.
A description matched the suspect, which subsequently connected him to the hit-and-run crash.
A preliminary investigation revealed the suspect drove eastbound on Van Nuys Boulevard and struck a total of four parked cars, including the bicyclist.
LAPD’s Traffic Division is working with school police as the front entrance of the school will remain closed until further notice.
Students will need to enter the building through another entrance of the building.