A cyclist was struck and killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol car in Inglewood early in the morning on October 8, according to the Los Angeles Times. The cyclist was identified as 45-year-old Alfonso Cerda. According to initial reports, police were attempting to stop Cerda and believed he had a handgun. No handgun was recovered at the scene.
The accident occurred a half-mile away from the location where police shot and wounded an unarmed driver a day earlier.
“They attempted to make an enforcement stop,” says Inglewood Police Lt. James Madia. “Initially, the individual complied, but then he took off on a bicycle.”
There are many unanswered questions remaining about this case. Why did the police believe he had a weapon when he did not? Did the driver accidently strike him, or did he intentionally hit Cerda with his car in an attempt to stop him?
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