Hit-and-Run Bike Crash on Second Street Leaves Community Activist Hospitalized

1_6_10_hirsch.jpgPhoto: Ross Hirsch

 Cyclist Ross Hirsch reports on a hit and run bike crash in the Downtown.

I did not witness the incident, but biked up to it just after the paramedics arrived and were in the process of putting the victim onto a stretcher. He appeared calm and coherent, but told me he couldn’t move. See the attached pix. He said he was "thrown off his bike."

Name: Ed Magos, works for COLA in ITA (Information Technology Agency). I notified his work he may be late today. He was clearly injured, but could talk. Stephen knows him and will notify his family. Unfortunately, the only good news is that he isn’t dead.

He informed he was traveling East on 2nd Street (to work). He said he was not in the R turn lane, but the #2 lane and intended on traveling straight through the intersection. I noticed him on the ground about 50 ft east of the intersection lying in the right hand turn lane.

A female FIDM student (name: Harpreet) standing on the sidewalk immediately adjacent to the incident informed the police that she didn’t actually see the impact, but saw the immediate aftermath. She told the officer the incident occurred at 8:27 a.m. because that’s when she sent a text. She reported it was white Carrerra-like Porsche, license xxxxxxx. African American female, mid-30s, black hair. She reported that the driver pulled over, saw the downed cyclist, stated that someone should call 911, made a u-turn, and proceeded to drive away traveling west on 2nd Street. Harpreet suggested that the driver indicated that she was in a hurry or late for something. She also told the officer that the driver said the sun was in her eyes and didn’t see the cyclist. (I have Harpreet’s phone number for those interested. She was friendly and matter-of-fact–would make a good witness, too.)

Two officers responded, with Officer Marroquin interviewing the witness and taking notes.

Several workers in the office building also saw the aftermath (but not the actual incident)-they were talking to the police. Apparently they were on a conference call and were able to look out the window and see what had taken place.

  • la rider

    How in the world is getting carted off in an ambulance “minor” injuries. I’m amazed at how little respect the police force gives bikers.

    I must say though, I was involved in a dooring accident in Beverly Hills and the police officer was great. Maybe because he was a motorcycle officer and understood the dangers that people on 2 wheels face when sharing space with 4 wheel drivers.

    I guess the best that can be done is to win a civil suit and garnish her wages and existing properties. Good luck and make sure she pays for it.

  • la rider: “I’m amazed at how little respect the police force gives bikers.”

    Let’s not forget that the decision to move forward on a criminal case has several prongs: (1) law enforcement response and investigation, and (2) the prosecuting agency (District Atty or City Atty) decision.

    As to LAPD, I, too, got very little assistance with my hit+run, so I don’t think you’ll get much argument on the point raised from a historical perspective. Hopefully, with the new command at LAPD, and what appears to be a new willingness to at least listen to cyclist issues, perhaps there are changes on the horizon. Cmdr. Doan actually showed up and talked rather candidly to the BAC last night. I’m told that a sr. LAPD rep. has never showed up to one of these meetings, so perhaps, with people being diligent about reporting these issues and repeatedly reminding LAPD that we need their protection, things will change. I’m cautiously optimistic on that.

    What I would call a larger problem, however, is the DA/CA hurdle. That’s where this case stopped and died. They (like all other govt agencies) have finite budgets and will only move on cases that are handed to them on a silver platter and where they’re in the best position to get a conviction. (See discussion re Roadblock’s issue also being discussed here.) Oddly, here, both agencies were soundly in the “no way we’ll get a conviction” camp. That, in conjunction with the “minor” damages, sunk the hope of any criminal repercussions for Ms. White-Porsche-Hit-Run. Frankly, I’m a bit shocked by that, but that’s not within my area of expertise. And I would also imagine that getting information out of either the CA/DA would be a serious uphill battle.

    Thus, any campaign to change the f-ed up status must also take into consideration the prosecuting agencies. What do they need to “go” rather than “no go” certain cases? Better laws would help that–laws that clearly state if you leave the scene of a traffic collision, you will go to jail, get your license revoked, and pay a serious penalty. Better LAPD enforcement and investigation would help that, too. If it’s a crappy, partial investigation that highlights weaknesses in the case rather than the patently egregious behavior and life altering after-effects, well, that pretty much makes the DA/CA’s decision pretty easy, doesn’t it?

  • la rider

    “dudeonabike”

    Point well made. It’s not just police officers at fault for the lack of respect bike riders are given, it’s the system as a whole. In Japan drivers are always held responsible in car / bike accidents. Depending on the situation the fault is graded as a percentage between 0-100%.

    In Los Angeles, unfortunately, it’s up to the rider to prove fault most of the time. Until this mentality changes, the disproportionate protection given to driver vs bike riders will never be equal.

  • Again, question as to her insurance: did she have any? Also, has Ed decided to pursue this in civil court?

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