Driver Sought in Fatal Hit and Run

Los Angeles police Tuesday sought a hit-and-run driver in the death of a bicycle rider in Northridge.

Victor Awad, 38, of Canoga Park, died from injuries suffered in the collision at Winnetka Avenue and Plummer Street occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, police with the Valley Traffic Division said.

Awad was riding west on Plummer Street when he collided with a silver- colored Ford Mustang convertible headed north, according to police.

Anyone who saw the accident was asked to call detectives at (818) 644- 8115 or (818) 644-8063, or to leave a tip by calling (877) LAPD-24-7.

--City News Service

Sandee Andrews August 06, 2013 at 02:05 PM
This is so sad and happened right behind our house. I wasnt home, but my husband was, and he never heard anything. I am glad Mitchell Englander is making attempts to rectify this hit and run issue we are having. I feel so bad for the man and his family. Just out for a nice evening bike ride and gets killed... Sad because that's what I was doing, riding bikes, only I ride in Simi Valley because I know im not going to get hit and killed by some maniacal driver!
Jock August 06, 2013 at 03:24 PM
This is one area I agree with Mitch. These are not accidents. There is a horrible rash all over the city of hit and run with serious injury. It may have started as an accident, but it is an intentional crime to leave the scene. It is no longer an accident. Hitting a person must be like running over a beer can to them. No personal accountability, no soul. Many people drive as if their libidos were being satisfied by acting out aggression behind the wheel. Speeding , cutting people off, running lights, cell phone, drunk, day dreaming, what ever, these behaviors can lead to an accident. What the person does next says it all. "I screwed up" TRY TO HELP the victim ? Naaah run away, they'll never find you ! It's the new way for the American Musketeers, One for One and One for One !
Sandee Andrews August 06, 2013 at 03:43 PM
My friend's sister was killed in Marina del Rey a couple years ago and the driver split. It is so sad to see the fallout that occurs with incidents like this. I agree with your assessment, Jock. I think people leave the scene because they are intoxicated on some kind of alcohol or prescription med and dont want to get a DUI- to hell with their victims! I dont know the answer. Its a bad problem.
Julie Kelly August 07, 2013 at 12:37 PM
When my son was hit in a cross walk in October, the police told us we were lucky the driver stopped. He said the vast majority of hit and run's are unlicensed drivers which is why the run- and probably why they hit them in the first place. Then he said, unfortunately, that ties in directly to the numbers of persons illegally in the country who cannot get a license. In that moment I suddenly found myself in the camp of those who say, lets separate the ability to drive or work/pay taxes from legality here. Of course, my son could have been killed so it became very personal in that moment. My point.... how do we fix that? If we want to fix the high numbers of hit and run, there has to be a way to license those illegally in the country/state.
Jock August 08, 2013 at 09:42 AM
Very good point Julie
Cheryl Tulare August 20, 2013 at 02:30 PM
"Awad was riding west on Plummer Street when he collided with a silver- colored Ford Mustang convertible headed north, according to police." Since this article makes no mention of who ran the red light, it was more than likely Awad. If the accident was his fault, the victim is the driver who fled.
Sandee Andrews August 20, 2013 at 02:33 PM
The victim is the driver who fled? The "victim" is the felony hit and run guy? What planet are you from? Even if it was the bicyclists fault for running the right, motor vehicle operators have a LEGAL OBLIGATION to stop. Someone needs to go back to traffic school....
Jock August 20, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Not only a legal obligation to stop but a moral one. Traffic school ? Maybe back to church or what ever spiritual basis they have, or maybe find one. Justifying a driver who speeds off after hitting a guy on a bike REGARDLESS of who is at fault ? What type of world is this ? There is no choice you stop. This is not a cartoon. Do you wonder why our country is going to shit ? People don't care about each other and "United" is a joke.


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