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News Release

Thursday, September 28, 2000

Media Relations

Hit and Run Investigation Press Conference

LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
PRESS RELEASE
Friday, September 29, 2000



"Hit and Run Investigation Press Conference"

Los Angeles: On September 24, 2000, at approximately 6:45 PM, 30 year old Claudio Madera Castillo parked his car along the north curb of 4th Street, just east of Grande Vista Avenue, after experiencing car trouble. Castillo stood outside his vehicle and into the path of a white 1985 Chevy Astro Van that was travelling westbound on 4th Street.

After the collision, the driver of the Astro Van failed to stop, identify himself, and render aid, in violation of section 20001VC (Hit and Run). The van fled westbound on 4th Street. An unknown witness directed officers at the scene to the 200 block of South Dacotah Street, where the unoccupied van was recovered.

The registered owner of the van was located, questioned, and released.

Mr. Castillo was transported to USC Medical Center. He sustained major head trauma, which may result in permanent paralysis.

In an effort to locate witnesses to this crime, a Press Conference has been scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2000, at 10:00 AM, in front of Central Community Police Station, 251 East 6 Street, Los Angeles. Beatriz Alvarez-Castillo, the wife of Victim Castillo, will be present at the press conference. A photograph of the Chevy Astro Van will be displayed.

The investigation is being conducted by Central Traffic Detectives. For further information contact Detective Felix Padilla, or Detective Michael Kaden at 213-485-3111.

Press release prepared by Detective Padilla, Central Traffic Division, 213-485-3111.




For Release 5:00 pm PDT
September 28, 2000