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UPDATE: Elderly bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in South Los Angeles on 61st and Wall Streets

UPDATE October 3, 2022: James Ledford, 72, was identified as the man ho was killed in the hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles. Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of Mr. Ledford.

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 30, 2022) – A man, now identified as James Ledford, riding a bicycle was killed in a hit-and-run crash in the south Los Angeles area, and the motorist was being sought today, authorities said.

The man, possibly in his 70s, died at the scene of his injury, which occurred about 11 p.m. Thursday at 61st and Wall streets, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Information on his identity was not immediately available.

The vehicle was described as a possible white 1996 to 2022 GMC Savana or Chevrolet Express commercial panel van with a roof rack and a storage tube or box on its roof, police said. The van likely will have front-end damage.

A standing reward of up to $50,000 has been offered by the city of Los Angeles for information that helps solve a fatal hit and run.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives at 213-833-3713, 877-LAPD-247, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Tipsters may also use the website

We will continue to update this story with more information as it becomes available to us.

[via City News Service]

Liability In South Los Angeles Bicycle Accidents

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting bicyclists and other pedestrians. According to California Vehicle Code 21200, “A person riding a bicycle or operating a pedicab upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, and by Division 10.” There are number of common causes of motorcycle accidents including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Prescription drug use
  • Inclement weather

The family of any victim that died in a car accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved and protected after an accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating the James Ledford’s Accident, Killed on Bicycle by Hit-And-Run Driver

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man tragically killed in this collision. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.

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