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Family, Friends Remember Cyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run

David Alexander Granados dies from injuries stemming from a Sunday hit-and-run collision.

A memorial of flowers, candles and sidewalk condolences written in chalk surround the Valley Glen corner where David Alexander Granados was fatally injured by a hit-and-run driver.

The 18-year-old was crossing the street from the northeast corner of Oxnard and Bellaire Avenue when he was struck by a gray or silver Mercedes-Benz on Sunday evening, authorities said. The Los Angeles Police Department is still looking for the driver.

Granados was hospitalized and died Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. from his injuries, said Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

Granados lived in the neighborhood and was a senior at Ulysses S. Grant High School.

Friend Dena Abdelhamid, 19, lives near the intersection where he was hit and witnessed the accident.

She says Granados occasionally helped her with math homework. Other times, he could often be spotted sporting the same red beanie and riding his bicycle or skateboard.

"He was funny and smart," Abdelhamid said. "He was always telling a joke."

An investigation into the hit-and-run is ongoing and detectives did not return calls for a comment at press time.

Abdelhamid said Granados looked both ways before crossing and had the right of way. He had barely made it onto the street when he was hit by a car heading westbound that ran a red light and was traveling at least 50 miles per hour.

Friends and family, including Granados' teary-eyed big sister, stopped by the memorial Friday afternoon.

Lorena Granados said her younger brother taught her how to skateboard and offered a few other words about him.

"He had a huge heart," Lorena Granados said. "He got along with everyone."

Anyone with more information as to the whereabouts of the driver or the car was asked to call police at the Valley Traffic Division at (818) 644-8063.

A memorial fund has been established for Granados. Click here to learn how to donate.

LA Momma March 31, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Giselle, there are many people we think are Armenian in the area. I don't think it's racist to state *your* observation about the speeders you see. However, hit and run drivers do come in all races.
ani g April 01, 2013 at 04:22 PM
just because you see BMWs and Mercedez doesn't imply that they are Armenians!!
Joe Lopez April 02, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I'v lived in Valley Glen (Coldwater and Oxnard) for over 10 years and yes, we have to may Speed Demons!!! Most are Arminian!!! I feel so bad for this kid and his Fam. :-(
LA Momma April 07, 2013 at 05:39 AM
This page is about the tragedy of a reckless driver - a hit and run driver - and speeding on a street where there are several schools. Speeders come in all ages and races. Grant High School is a wonderful melting pot of lots of cultures and everyone of all races/cultures has been affected by violence. The bottom line is: what are WE doing to fix the problem? Are we watching the speed limit, watching for pedestrians and bicyclists? Let's watch out for each other. Please.
mmdez April 25, 2013 at 11:39 PM
I would like to comment, today i went bike riding with my daughter and got hit by a careless armenian driver not paying attention it was my right of way and yes i was paying attention how the heck is he going to say he didnt see me, i was wearing a red shirt as i was going he still had the nerve to hit me & as a matter of fact he was driving BMW...My heart goes out to the Granados Family

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