In early December, 52-year-old Robert Painter, a Canadian citizen
living in Los Angeles, was hit by a driver while riding his bicycle on
Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood. The driver left the scene
and Painter later died in the hospital (read more about the account on LAist's post).
Yesterday, LAist reader and commenter Thrasher
installed a ghost bike near the location of the crash, most
appropriately attached to a Bike Lane sign. Ghost bikes, painted in
white, are intended to act as a memorial for fallen riders, but also
raise awareness about cycling issues.
UPDATE: Detective Doug Larkin says the case is
still ongoing. "We're still looking for any leads that we have," he
explained over the phone. "We're kinda at a stalemate right now."
Anyone with information on this case can call Larkin at (818) 644-8036
or during off-hours, 1-877-LAPD-24-7.