Luis Garcia of Bellflower was pronounced dead at the scene after he and two other riders – Mario Lopez, 30, of Bellflower and Ulises Melgar, 28 of Los Angeles – were struck by a Toyota Corolla early Saturday morning as they rode eastbound on Cesar Chavez Avenue near Mission Road, according to an account by Biking In LA that was verified by Felix Padilla, a detective with the LAPD’s Central Traffic Bureau. Lopez and Melgar suffered only minor injuries.
After Garcia was knocked to the street, the driver of a second vehicle hit and dragged him a short distance, according to police. The second driver, who did not see Garcia in the street, remained at the scene, Padilla said.
The driver of the first vehicle, 21-year-old Wendy Villegas, drove to her home, where she told her parents she’d been in a collision, and asked them to call police. Villegas, who told police she had been drinking, was booked on one count of vehicular manslaughter and gross negligence, Padilla said.
* Correction: A previous version of this post identified Melgar as being killed at the scene. That’s wrong. It was his riding companion, Garcia, who was the victim.