Family Mourns Bicyclist Killed in South LA Hit-and-Run

Police are looking for a vehicle described as either a red Toyota Corolla or a burgundy Pontiac, LAPD said.

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    Oscar Orlando Toledo, Jr., 19, was riding his bicycle when a hit-and-run driver struck and killed him on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

    Authorities have identified a 19-year-old bicyclist who was killed in a hit-and-run in South Los Angeles Wednesday night.

    Oscar Orlando Toledo, Jr. was struck around 9:40 p.m. near the intersection of South Normandie Avenue and West 47th Street, according the Los Angeles Police Department. 

    The cyclist was on 47th Street crossing Normandie Avenue when a car traveling southbound on Normandie Avenue hit him.  Paramedics transported him in critical condition to a hospital where he died.

    Thursday evening, family and friends gathered on the sidewalk, where candles, flowers, and messages written on a streetlamp post offered tributes to Toledo.

    "He was such a hard worker," said his sister Izamar, 20.  "He was going for his GED."

    Toledo had been riding home after visiting his girlfriend, the family said.  He had only a few blocks to go. 

    Police are looking for a vehicle described as either a red Toyota Corolla or a burgundy Pontiac, LAPD said.

    Detectives have been studying security camera video gathered from nearby businesses.

    In the stretch of Normandie were Toledo was struck, within a hundred feet there are two T-intersections where 47th Street takes a jog.  In recent years, many roads in Los Angeles have been marked with "sharrows" lanes for cyclists, but not South Normandie.

    A cycling commuter who stopped at the sidewalk memorial was asked if he ever had close calls with autos on Normandie.  "Every day," he said as he rode off. 

    NBC4's Jane Yamamoto and Kevin LaBeach contributed to this report.

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