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News Release

Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Media Relations

Public's Assistance Needed To Locate Hit and Run Felony Suspect - Update

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"Public's Assistance Needed in Locating Hit and Run Felony Suspect"

Press Conference - Central Traffic Division

Thursday, April 12, 2001 At 1:00 PM

251 East 6th Street, Central Community Police Station, in Front

Central Traffic Division Detectives

On Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at approximately 2:15 p.m., 84 year-old Ung Phat of Los Angeles, was walking northbound in an unmarked crosswalk at Broadway Street and Gates Street, when he was struck by an early 80's black Ford Mustang traveling westbound on Broadway Street. As a result of the collision, Mr. Phat sustained traumatic blunt force injuries and was transported to USCMC Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and identify himself, in violation of 20001(a) VC, and is currently being sought by the Los Angeles Police Department for questioning.

The Los Angeles Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in locating the suspect and the suspect's vehicle. The vehicle is described as an early 1980's black, 2-door, Ford Mustang with a luggage rack on top of the trunk.

This investigation is being conducted by Central Traffic Division Detectives. For further information, please contact Detective Kaden, M. or Officer Rojas at 213 485-3111.


The date and time for the above Central Traffic Division press conference has been changed from today at Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at 10:00 AM to tomorrow, Thursday, April 12, 2001, at 1:00 PM. All other information remains the same for tomorrow's Central Traffic Division press conference.

This Press Release was prepared by Officer La Donna Cissell, Media Relations Section 213-485-3586.