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News Release

Friday, May 5, 2017

Media Relations

Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision Captured on Video NR17130lp

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision that killed 29-year-old Mario Enrique Cortez-Cua.

On April 28, 2017, around 11:30 p.m., a pedestrian, later identified as Mario Enrique Cortez-Cua, was crossing eastbound on Normandie Avenue south of 67th Street. He was hit by a newer model Blue Volkswagen Jetta. The speeding vehicle stopped after hitting Cortez-Cua and the driver, a Black female, got out of the car. The driver walked over to the victim and began saying, "oh my god, oh my god!" The driver walked back to her vehicle and fled the location at a high rate of speed failing to render aide to the victim.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene. Mr. Cortez-Cua died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

The suspect is described as a female Black. The suspect's vehicle is described as a blue, 4 door, newer model Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle had paper plates.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact South Traffic Division, Detective Moreno or Detective Flannery, at 323-421-2500. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.