Cyclist Killed in Hit and Run; $50,000 reward!
Recently, Northridge City Council ordained a $50,000 reward for any information that assists investigators in identifying and convicting the driver responsible for a deadly Cyclist Killed Hit Run incident that cost a local cyclist their life. Cyclist Paul Albert Helfen was estimated to have been hit at about 2 a.m. June 8. The man was 76 years old, and the incident occurred on Nordhoff Street near Woodley Avenue. Helfen was collided into from the backside of his bicycle, and then consequently thrown into off the road into a patch of bushes. He died there from his injuries. Police determined from the wreckage that the perpetrator’s car was likely a Nissan model between the years of 2007-2012. Ivan Minsal, Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division Captain, is said to have been the official that requested the $50,000 reward. Also, Captain Minsal has made appeals to local automotive repair businesses to report any part requests for Nissan Sentras.
“[Helfen] was wearing all the reflective gear. He had the safety helmet, all the things we ask our cyclists to wear,” Minsal said. Helfen’s nephew, Chris Maloney, described his uncle as individual who was extremely passionate about his cycling and life:
“He lived it fully. He lived it bravely. He shied away from nothing. There should have been so many more years left in his life. We expected him to outlive all of us,” Maloney said. If you are aware of any information about anyone involved with the hit and run, please do not hesitate to contact the LAPD Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8000.
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