Echo Park motorcycle crash victim dies

Feb 17, 2014

Sidewalk memorial for Jaime Aguilar

The motorcyclist who crashed on Thursday night while in an apparent street race through Echo Park has died, police said today.

The victim, 20-year-old Jaime Aguilar of Los Angeles, died Saturday morning from his injuries, according to Detective Felix Padilla with the LAPD Central Traffic Division.

Aguilar and the driver of a car were racing eastbound down Sunset Boulevard at more than 60 miles per hour when Aguilar lost control of his bike and slammed into the front of the Echo Park fire station at the corner of Sunset and Mohawk Street.

The driver of the car, described as a possible white, Mitsubishi Lancer, fled the scene eastbound on Sunset Boulevard and has not been found.

The curving section of Sunset Boulevard, known as Mohawk Bend, has over the years been the scene of numerous collisions and crashes, with motorists losing control as they take on the curve going too fast. In 2009, a 21-year-old driver was killed when her car -traveling at at estimated 70 miles per hour – skidded out of control and slammed into the corner of Lucy’s Laundrymart.

Anyone with information about Thursday night’s crash is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Felix Padilla at (213) 486-0753 or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 486-3713.

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