SANTA MONICA, California – A 30-year-old female bicycle rider identified in news reports as Erin Galligan was struck from behind and killed in a hit-and-run car crash Tuesday night on a busy stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway at Entrada Drive, according to a report by NBC Channel 4 News.
The woman, who reportedly lived in Venice, California, was riding her bicycle southbound when a vehicle described as a white 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 extra cab truck hit her and fled the scene of the bicycle accident about 11:30 p.m. Police are searching for a vehicle that most likely has significant front-end damage, the report said.
Galligan was pronounced dead at the scene of the bicycle accident and police closed down several lanes to traffic in order to conduct a complete bicycle accident investigation of the crime scene. Under California law it is a crime to flee the scene of any accident and a felony to do so if someone is injured or killed as a result of the crash, said West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm.
“Anyone who causes an accident involving injuries or a death is a coward for fleeing the scene of the crash and leaving the victim alone in the street,” Seegmiller said. “Police will need the public’s help to locate this person and bring them to justice.”
Several people witnessed the bicycle crash and told police that Galligan drove off toward the 10 Freeway after he dragged her bicycle about a half a mile away from the location where the crash took place in the 700 block of PCH.
Witnesses are asked to call police investigators Chris Dawson or Jason Olson at (310) 458-8954, Sgt. Phillbo Rubish at (310) 458-8950 or the Santa Monica Police Department 24/7 line at (310) 458-8495
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