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Saturday, May 5, 2012

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Hit and Run Suspect Sought Suspect Identified as Steve Smith of South L.A NR12206bb

May 8, 2012
On May 7, 2012, around 7 a.m., Smith contacted detectives and turned himself in.  Smith was arrested and booked for Felony Hit and Run and is currently being held the LAPD’s Metropolitan Detention Center. 

Los Angeles.
  Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help to provide information on the whereabouts of a Hit and Run suspect who seriously injured a 57-year-old woman and her 5-year-old son.

On Friday, May 4, 2012, at around 5:35 p.m., a 57- year-old resident of the City of Los Angeles, and her 5 year old foster son, were crossing Broadway at 41st Street when they were struck by a silver 1991 Toyota Previa that was traveling north on Broadway.

The driver immediately stopped but shortly thereafter abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot failing to identify himself or render aid to the pedestrians in violation of 20001(a) of the California Vehicle Code; Felony Hit and Run.

Both victims were transported to a local hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel where they were listed in stable condition while recovering from their injuries.

The hit and run driver has positively been identified as 43-year-old Steve Smith. Smith is described as a male Black, with black hair, and brown eyes, stands 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs about 210 pounds.  Smith is a resident of South Central Los Angeles, and all attempts to locate him have failed.
Anyone with information regarding this incident, or Smith’s whereabouts is urged to contact Detective M. Kaden at 213-972-1837, Detective J. Mapson at 213-972-1825, or during the weekend or off hours to contact the Central Traffic Division’s Watch Commander at 213-972-1853.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”