VIGIL FOR BICYCLIST KILLED BY HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER IN BEVERLY HILLS
Ilia Pankin, a 23-year-old avid cyclist, former Downtown LA messenger, and employee at Performance Bikes in Santa Monica, died Monday night of injuries he suffered in a hit-and-run accident. The accident occurred at Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards, where witnesses told police that a large, dark-colored SUV struck Pankin. The suspect turned himself in late Tuesday afternoon. No further details have been released by the police. Read more.
A memorial ride is being organized by Ilia's friends and family and will be held this Friday night, 9/22, at 9pm at the intersection of Santa Monica & Wilshire. Anyone on a bicycle is welcome. Please have lights and helmets, and feel free to bring candles and lighters for the fountain memorial. Riders from Bike Oven and CICLE will ghost ride a bike in Ilia's honor. Satellite groups will meet and ride to this event together:
* Santa Monica: Performance Bikes (5th & Broadway), 8pm
* Downtown LA: Bridge between 3rd & 5th on Flower, 7pm
* Midtown: Wilshire & Western, 8pm