Murder charge filed in Griffith Park hit-and-run death of cyclist
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday announced a murder charge has been filed against a driver who hit and killed a 77-year-old bicyclist during a charity ride at Griffith Park over the weekend.
Jairo Martinez faces one felony count each of murder and hit-and-run driving resulting in death to another person in addition to one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended or revoked license for DUI conviction after a prior offense, DA George Gascón said in a statement.
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His arraignment continues Wednesday.
Andrew Jelmert was killed while cycling in the park on April 16, according to the nonprofit AIDS/LifeCycle. Jelmert was participating in the organization's SoCal Day on the Ride.
"We are heartbroken to share the news that a cyclist participating in AIDS/LifeCycle’s SoCal Day on the Ride lost their life after being struck by a vehicle yesterday," the organization posted on its Facebook page.
Martinez allegedly struck the 77-year-old victim as he cycled through Griffith Park, then tried to flee the scene. He was taken into custody shortly afterward.
The investigation is ongoing.
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