Fountain Valley bicyclist killed in hit-and-run, police say

A 41-year-old man riding a bicycle was killed early Wednesday in Fountain Valley when he was struck by a car in what police are investigating as a hit-and-run.

Fountain Valley police responded to Brookhurst Street just south of Ellis Avenue at 12:54 a.m. when they received a report of a hit-and-run with a person lying on the roadway, Sgt. Donald Farmer said.


Authorities found a man lying on the street. The man died at the scene, Farmer said.

The Orange County coroner's office Wednesday afternoon identified the man as Binh Ngo, a resident of Fountain Valley.

Police are looking for a 1990s Ford Mustang that is suspected in the crash. The vehicle was seen heading north on Brookhurst before turning right onto Ellis. Investigators are searching for surveillance video that could help them identify the driver, Farmer said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Fountain Valley Police Department at (714) 593-4485.

This is the second fatal hit-and-run in Fountain Valley in three weeks. Juan Ramirez Garcia, 48, a well-known Orange County runner, was struck by a car and killed near Mile Square Regional Park on Aug. 23.

In that case, John Motesharrei, 39, was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run with serious injury and misdemeanor hit-and-run with property damage. He has not yet entered a plea but is expected to be arraigned Friday, according to Orange County Superior Court records.

He was booked into Orange County Jail with bail set at $115,000, according to jail records.

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1 p.m.: This article was updated with the bicyclist's identity.

This article was originally published at 8 a.m.