OAKLAND — Oakland police are asking for help in locating a suspected fatal hit-and-run driver who killed a man riding a bike with his children in the city’s downtown area last week.
According to officers, the hit-and-run took place.
Officers said the victim, identified as Dmitry Putilov, was trying to cross the intersection with his two children when a speeding driver hit Putilov. The driver did not stop and was last seen heading west toward Interstate 980.
The victim’s children were not physically injured.
Putilov’s death comes just days before the city council decides on the 14th Street safety plan, which would repave the street, remove one lane of traffic in each direction, physically separate bike lanes from vehicle lanes and bring improvements to pedestrian safety, among other things.
On Friday, Oakland City Council member Sheng Thao took to social media to offer sympathy to the man’s loved ones and to urge action on street improvements.
“The death on 14th Street was entirely preventable and speaks to the urgent need for projects like this,” Thao said on Twitter. “No one should fear for their life while walking, cycling or driving on our streets.”
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Police describe the suspect’s vehicle as a black 4-door Infiniti.
A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered by the Oakland Police and CrimeStoppers of Oakland for information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s Traffic Investigation Unit at 510-777-8570.