Cyclist killed after trying to stop hit-and-run driver by jumping onto car bonnet in California

51-year-old flung from vehicle and declared dead at the scene

Police in California are searching for a driver after a cyclist died while trying to stop the motorist from driving off after hitting another rider.

According to ABC, the two cyclists were riding in Long Beach, California at around 1am on Tuesday morning, when one of them was hit by a Ford SUV, suffering minor injuries.

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Police said that the driver of the vehicle then attempted to make off, before the second cyclist jumped on the car bonnet and attempted to remove the keys from the ignition.

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The cyclist was then reportedly carried along on the car for around half a mile, before being thrown off and hitting his head on the curb.The 51-year-old was declared dead at the scene.

The suspect then abandoned the vehicle, escaping on foot. Police say that they know the identity of the suspect, but are still working to bring him into custody.