Los Angeles sees rise in bicyclist hit-and-runs

Nov 29, 2014 2:04 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hit-and-run collisions between cars and bicyclists have increased 42 percent since 2002 in Los Angeles County despite an overall drop in hit-and-run accidents.

The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday that between 2002 and 2012, more than 5,600 cyclists were injured and at least 36 died in crashes.

The surge is troubling as more cities embrace bicycling and overall hit-and-runs have dropped by a third.

During the last five years, the city of Los Angeles has added 120 miles of bike lanes.

One-fifth of all the hit-and-runs involving bicyclists happened in five cities: Long Beach, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Van Nuys and North Hollywood.

The newspaper reports that about 80 percent of these cases are unresolved, making it hard for victims to collect restitution for medical bills.

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