A hit-and-run case in South Los Angeles on Tuesday turned into two hit-and-run cases and a small riot in less than twenty-four hours, authorities claim.
The initial incident involved 22-year-old cyclist Frederick Frazier, who was killed after a white Porsche struck him and fled the scene.
In the aftermath of the incident, over 100 cyclists attended his vigil, which upset several drivers who were held up by the assembly.
According to LAPD Captain Rafael Ramirez, the cyclists “basically took over the intersection,” prompting one gold Toyota sedan to push through the crowd.
When cyclists began punching at the car, a woman got out and struck a female cyclist. The Toyota then left, only to return and speed through a red light, striking a pedestrian.
The incident was caught on film by KTLA 5, who managed to capture the melee in high definition.
Now irate, the vigil gatherers began acting violent towards an LAPD officer who had come upon the scene by chance and was trying to clear the intersection.
“The group started surrounding him, and then started damaging the police car,” Ramirez said. “Hitting the vehicle, kicking it, throwing the bikes at it, and then also breaking a window and slashing the tires.”
The man who had been struck was not killed in the incident, and even appeared to make an attempt at keeping things under control.
LAPD are asking the driver of the Toyota -who they believe may have been frightened- to come forward and explain their situation.
“We’re asking for that individual to go to the police station…identify themselves and tell us their side of the story,” Ramirez said.
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