A Los Angeles hit-and-run driver was charged with homicide after mowing down a 77-year-old bicycle owner who was collaborating in a charity bike journey on Saturday afternoon.
Andrew Jelmert, 77, died in LA’s Griffith Park park after he was allegedly struck by Jairo Martínez, 37, who was underneath the affect, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Martínez was captured shortly after fleeing the scene and charged with homicide and hit-and-run driving ensuing within the loss of life of one other particular person. He additionally confronted prices for driving with a suspended or revoked license from a previous DUI, in line with a press launch.
“My coronary heart goes out to everybody who grieves for the mindless lack of bicycle owner Andrew Jelmert,” stated Los Angeles County District Lawyer George Gascón.
“Drunken drivers threaten the security of us all. They should be held accountable and their victims given the trauma-informed providers they might want to change into survivors.”
Jelmert “was pedaling the ultimate stretch of a 67-mile coaching journey in preparation for a 545-mile journey from San Francisco to LA benefiting the San Francisco AIDS Basis and the Los Angeles LGBT Heart,” in line with a change.org petition.