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April 20, 2022: Man Charged with Murder for Cyclist Killed During Charity Ride in Griffith Park

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a murder charge has been filed against a motorist who struck a bicyclist participating on a fundraiser ride on Saturday.

“My heart goes out to everyone who grieves for the senseless loss of cyclist Andrew Jelmert,” said District Attorney Gascón. “Drunken drivers threaten the safety of us all. They must be held accountable and their victims given the trauma-informed services they will need to become survivors.”

Jairo Martínez (dob 4/15/85) faces one felony count each of murder and hit-and-run driving resulting in death to another person, as well as one misdemeanor count of driving when privilege was suspended or revoked for DUI conviction after a prior offense.

Arraignment for case BA504669 was scheduled yesterday but continued to today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Martinez allegedly struck the 77-year-old victim as he drove in Griffith Park on April 16 and then attempted to flee the scene but was captured soon after.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.