44-year-old man fatally hit in Echo Park

LOS ANGELES There were still some pools of blood in the street where the man was brutally killed early Sunday morning.

Police say that the 44-year-old victim was on his bicycle heading southbound on Glendale Boulevard near Sunset Boulevard when he was struck at about 1 a.m.

The victim died at the scene. The driver of the vehicle left without identifying himself. Fortunately, a witness was able to write down the vehicle's license plate number as he was leaving. He was apprehended Sunday at 3:30 a.m. in Panorama City where he was arrested.

Police identified the man as 22-year-old Alejandro Hidalgo.

At the time of the accident, witnesses saw a car swerving down the street and they believe that Hidalgo may have been drunk. Hidalgo hit the bicyclist and pinned the man between a parked car and his vehicle.

A good samaritan returned to the scene along with others and tried to help the victim.

"I was driving down the street and saw the guy at a distance get hit. I went past him and saw a Mitsubishi, or something like that, and then pulled over to see what was going on. All of us here were calling the police," said a witness.

Detectives say Hidalgo was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant. He was arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter and is being held on $100,000 bail.

The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Eyewitness News reported earlier that the victim was a 50-year-old man, police have now confirmed that the man was 44 years old.


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