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News Release

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Media Relations

11-Year-Old Boy Killed by Hit & Run Driver NR10365kr


On Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 23-year-old Silvia Saldana, a resident of Los Angeles, has been arrested and booked for hit and run.  A black 2003 Ford Expedition is also in custody.


LAPD South Traffic Detectives have obtained video footage which shows the suspect’s car traveling eastbound 76th street approaching Hoover Street.  The car continues, off screen, northbound onto Hoover Street killing Garcia.

The video footage can be viewed at LAPD Media Relations Section. Please call 213-486-5910.

Los Angeles:
  A child was struck and killed by a hit and run driver as he crossed a busy street in South Los Angeles.

On Thursday, July 15, 2010, at about 2:30 p.m., Natanael Garcia was walking in a marked crosswalk at 76th Street and Hoover Street.  A driver travelling eastbound 76th Street made a left turn, to northbound Hoover Street, and hit Garcia.  The driver stopped momentarily, but quickly drove off northbound Hoover Street, failing to render aid or identify herself as is required by law.

The driver is described as a female, Hispanic, with a long pony tail.  She was driving a black or dark blue, large sports utility vehicle, with tan trim around the bottom, and stock wheels.  

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact South Traffic Division Detectives at 323-290-6063.   During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.