Sheriff Baca Says Bicycle Crash Victim Did Not Have Gun
Sheriff Lee Baca apologized Thursday for the death of the cyclist who was killed after a collision with a deputy's car in Inglewood.
A father of three who lived in the neighborhood, 45-year-old Alfonso Cerda, was struck by the patrol vehicle around 1:30 a.m.after the police were allegedly tracking him.
According to authorities, the deputies said they were attempting to contact Cerda because they suspected he had a gun. However, Sheriff Baca announced Thursday that the police found no weapon on him.
"I'm clarifying the fact that when Mr. Cerda was detained, he had no gun and he is a citizen of the United States," said Baca. "I'm confident we'll find our what all the facts are and share them with the public."
According to family members, Cerda rode the bike around the neighborhood, fixing electric items and selling old clothes. Cerda's brother said that there will be a viewing of the body on Friday and a funeral on Sunday.