Cyclist Killed in HB Hit and Run

A male cyclist was killed on north PCH between Seapoint and Warner about 11:40 this morning in Huntington Beach.  OCR article here – updates as we get them.

The coward driver fled the scene but no description is available yet.

Thoughts and prayers….
Details as they come in…Sadness

Anyone who witnessed the crash or may have information about the driver was urged to call the Huntington Beach Police Department at 714-960-8825.

from the Los Alamitos Seal Beach Patch we learn that Huntington Beach Police officers are at the scene of a non-injury Seal Beach crash to find out if there is a link to the earlier fatality.  Huntington Beach Police Lt. Brian Seitz said he heard reports that an arrest was made in Seal Beach, but is unable to confirm if there is a connection between the two cases at this point.

from the HBPD PIO we learn more;

“At 11:41 AM the police department received a call of bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle northbound Pacific Coast Highway at Center Signal.  The vehicle, described as a silver Hyundai with a damaged windshield, fled the scene.  Officers and paramedics arrived and found the bicyclist deceased at the scene.

Shorty thereafter the Seal Beach Police Department received a call of a solo vehicle collision in the area of Westminster and Seal Beach Blvd.  They arrived and discovered the vehicle matched the description of the hit and run vehicle.  The male driver is currently being detained and Huntington Beach Police Investigators are on the scene of both collisions.

Currently the bicyclist has not been identified.  The investigators are not releasing the name of the detained driver at this time and if an arrest is made we will update this post.  Please understand we are involved in a chaotic and evolving investigation that is still ongoing.”

Thanks to all who responded to this unfolding tragedy, our condolences to the family and friends of the as yet unidentified cyclist.

From Lt. Brian Seitz, HBPD Watch Commander, we learn that more information will be made available via a press release this evening, exact time unknown.

Well, it’s now after 7pm and no further information is available from HBPD, but NBC4 and KTLA5 are both reporting the driver being taken into custody for questioning.

RIP my brother.

Well it’s now early morning and no press release in the inbox, nor on the HBPD press release section of their website, but there was this entry in the arrest log:

Joel Alexander Murphy

HBPD Arrest Log

Alleged Suspect Detained

Photo courtesy of NBC4