77-Year-Old Cyclist Killed During Charity Bike Ride in Griffith Park

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 19, 2022) – Saturday afternoon, Andrew Jelmert died in an alleged hit-and-run crash on Crystal Springs Drive.

The incident occurred around 3:49 p.m., on the 4400 block of Crystal Springs Drive in Griffith Park.

Per reports, Jelmert was riding north when the driver of a northbound gray BMW sedan struck him and fled the scene.

He fell onto the roadway as a result, suffering blunt force trauma. Medics later pronounced the 77-year-old male cyclist dead at the scene.

The suspect, 37-year-old Jairo Martinez, was later found and arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter. He is currently being held on $617,500.00 bail.

Following preliminary investigations, police suspect the driver may have been impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. At this time, an active investigation is still currently ongoing.


The team at Sweet James would like to extend their sympathies to the loved ones of Andrew Jelmert. May you find comfort and strength during this difficult time.


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