UPDATE: Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run on US 50 in South Lake Tahoe

Police are investigating what appears to be a fatal hit and run in South Lake Tahoe.
Autumn Whitney / Tahoe Daily Tribune

A 33-year-old man was killed when a vehicle struck him and fled the scene as the man attempted to cross U.S 50 on his bike.

South Lake Tahoe police received a call around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday about an adult male found in a ditch off the eastbound side of U.S. 50 near the Motel 6. The body was discovered by construction workers.

Sometime on Tuesday the bicyclist was traveling south across the eastbound lanes of U.S. 50, according to a report by California Highway Patrol, which assisted South Lake Tahoe police in the investigation.

At that same time, a motorist was traveling eastbound at an unknown speed in the lane closest to the sidewalk. The front of the vehicle struck the bicyclist and the driver fled the scene, according to CHP.

The bicyclist died from his injuries.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have any information is asked to contact CHP in South Lake Tahoe at 530-577-1001.

ORIGINAL POST: CHP: Body found off US 50 in South Lake Tahoe; appears to be fatal vehicle vs bicycle crash

Police are investigating the discovery of a body in a ditch alongside U.S. 50 in South Lake Tahoe.

Police received a call around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday about an adult male found in a ditch off the eastbound side of U.S. 50 between the Motel 6 and River Drive. The body was discovered by construction workers.

California Highway Patrol described the deceased as approximately 34 years old. While the incident occurred within the city of South Lake Tahoe, police asked CHP to lead the investigation.

CHP told the Tribune Wednesday morning that it appears to be the result of a fatal vehicle versus bicycle crash.

It was unclear if the motorist fled the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. Traffic is moving very slowly through the area.

Autumn Whitney reported from the scene. The Tribune will update this story as soon as more details are learned.

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