VAN NUYS (CBSLA.com) — Police are searching for a man involved in a road rage incident that they say escalated into a murder and then theft of the victim's car.
Neighbors at a Van Nuys apartment say they heard a loud crash and saw a man lying in the middle of the street with shattered glass everywhere at around 10 p.m. Sunday.
The LAPD says a 37 year-old man and his wife were in their car going northbound on Sepulveda Boulevard when a man on a bike was riding southbound toward their car. When the driver honked at the bicyclist, the bicyclist punched the car's front windshield. That's when the driver got out of the car and a fight broke out. The bicyclist hit the driver and sent him to the ground.
The bicyclist then got into the car, but as he started to drive away, the 37 year-old man's wife jumped out. Her husband, not knowing she had gotten out, grabbed the driver's side door. As the bicyclist drove off, he rammed the driver's side door against parked cars. The 37 year-old man later died from his injuries and the bicyclist got away in the car.
Investigators don't have much to go on. The suspect is only described as 5-foot-11, 20 to 30 years old, he was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. If you have any information call the LAPD Valley Bureau homicide detectives.
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