- From today's Star-News:
Article Last Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 9:58:08 PM PST
Road claims another life
Bicyclist struck, killed by alleged hit-run driver
By Howard Breuer
ALTADENA -- A hit- and-run driver killed a bicyclist Wednesday along
the same stretch of Altadena Drive where two Pasadena High School
students died in a Dec. 18, 2001, crash.
Officials with the California Highway Patrol said they impounded a
car and questioned its driver after getting a tip from a witness who
followed the hit-and-run driver and read the license plate number.
Bell characterized the driver as "cooperative' but wouldn't say
whether the driver admitted to being involved in the accident.
He said investigators still want to hear what other witnesses might
have to say.
"We're happy to get other information from anyone else who saw what
happened,' said Officer Vince Bell of the CHP's Altadena Station.
The bicyclist was identified as a man in his 20s on an aluminum-frame
mountain bike. He was not wearing a helmet, Bell said.
The westbound vehicle and bicycle apparently touched as they passed
Midwick Drive around 12:15 p.m., Bell said. Speed was not cited as a
factor in the accident.
The bicyclist died at the scene from a head injury, although it was
not clear whether his head struck the vehicle or the ground, Bell
The CHP closed a two-block section of Altadena Drive for about three
hours as it investigated the accident.
Those who live along the street have complained for years that
drivers go too fast along the winding stretch just west of Eaton
The CHP was granted permission in September to monitor the road with radar. --
Howard Breuer can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444, or by
e-mail at howard.breuer@....