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News Release

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Media Relations

$25,000 Reward Offered in Felony Hit and Run That Leaves Man in a Coma

What:
Announcing a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a hit and run driver.

When:
Thursday, 8/25/05

Who:
LAPD Central Traffic Division (CTD) Officers
City Councilmember Eric Garcetti

Why:
On June 9, 2005, 37-year-old Eric Van Rhein was struck and critically injured by a car while he was crossing Rowena Avenue at Herkimer Avenue.  More than two months later he remains in a coma.  Los Angeles City Councilmember Eric Garcetti has authorized a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver responsible for this crime.  The suspect vehicle was a Silver 2002-2004 Toyota Corolla.

Additional:
Anyone with information is asked to call Central Traffic Division Detective Michael Kaden at 213-972-1825 or 972-1837, during normal business hours.  After hours and on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (877-529-3855).