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Runners, cyclists are looking for safer roads in Griffith Park after the death of a 77-year-old man

Thousands of runners and cyclists gathered Sunday in Griffith Park in support of safer roads just two weeks after a cyclist was killed.

Andrew Jelmert, 77, was killed on April 16 after being hit by a hit-and-run driver while driving on Crystal Springs Drive. The driver of a gray BMW left the car and then fled without providing assistance. He was arrested after witnesses helped police find him. The man was arrested and charged with manslaughter in vehicles.

After Jelmert’s death, the community, including advocates for safer streets, gathered in the area. The cyclists were hoping to phase out cars in the park.

“Since Andrew’s death, government officials have faced an overwhelming chorus of support for the phasing out of vehicles capable of using Griffith Park as a crossroads to the 5 Freeway,” a press release indicated. A petition on has received 1,200 signatures in support of the same.

The “Finish the Ride” event started in 2013 after a cyclist was killed. On Sunday, advocates renewed their efforts after Jelmert’s death.

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