LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A motorcyclist has died after being hit by one vehicle and struck by a second near Echo Park.
The overnight crash unfolded just after 2 a.m. Saturday on the 5 Freeway north of State Route 2.
It was there that authorities say the victim was initially rear-ended and ejected from his bike by the first car, who fled the scene.
After that collision, the victim managed to stand on the roadway in the number three lane when he was struck by a second car.
As a result of that collision, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was identified as 25-year-old Emery Becker of Burbank, a photographer by trade.
While investigating, officers arrested the driver in the second collision. She was identified as Alexandra Silva.
Silva was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and vehicular manslaughter.
KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz spoke to Becker’s roommate Sunday evening.
“Nobody can believe it. It’s a really surreal thing. There’s no reason it should have happened. He was so young and so much to offer to offer the community,” says Annabelle Maginnis.
She was driving for a ride share company last night and wonders why the suspected DUI driver didn’t hire a car or stay put on St. Patrick’s Day evening.
“It’s heartbreaking. I’ve always grown up with a policy of crash here before you crash there. Anytime I have a party I say stay at my house it’s gonna be fun. There’s no excuse,” Maginnis said.
“Emery always had his camera with him and loved riding his motorcycle because of the fresh air and adventure,” she said. “He was just a ray of sunshine and he was just awesome. Inside and out he was beautiful.”
Officials are still looking for the hit-and-run driver who initially hit Becker.
Authorities asked anyone who witnessed the crash to call Ofc. M. Jones at the Central Los Angeles California Highway Patrol Office at (213) 744-2331.