Andrew V. Patsukevich, 37
Andrew Patsukevich, a 37-year-old Armenian man, was killed Sunday, Nov. 6, in the 7400 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 10 p.m., Los Angeles police officers responded to a call of a carjacking in the area and found Patsukevich on the ground and his wife standing next to him, police said.
Police determined that Patsukevich and his wife were in a green Lexus sedan driving north on Sepulveda Boulevard when a man on a bike rode toward the Lexus, police said.
Patsukevich honked at the cyclist, who slammed the windshield of the Lexus with his fist. Patsukevich got out of the car and the man on the bike punched him in the face, jumped in the car and hit the accelerator, police said.
Patsukevich’s wife jumped out of the car, but her husband held on to his door as the vehicle sped forward, police said.
With Patsukevich clinging to the door, the carjacker steered the vehicle into a row of parked cars, crushing the man, and then drove away, investigators said.
Patsukevich was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:23 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The carjacker is described as a Latino man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. He is 20 to 30 years old, about 5-foot-11 and about 140 to 160 pounds.
Patsukevich's family has set up a fundraiser to help with funeral and other expenses.
Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Det. Steve Castro at (818) 374-1925. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.