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News Release

Monday, August 29, 2011

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Deadly Hit and Run on Valley Street NR11401kr


On Sunday, August 28, 2011, at about 10 a.m., 21-year-old Alicia Carolina Benites of Tarzana, brought herself to LAPD’s West Valley Community Police Station and turned herself in for the hit and run collision that killed a man. The vehicle Benites was driving matched the witness’s description and it was impounded as evidence. She was booked for Felony Hit and Run and is being held on $50,000 bail.

 Los Angeles:  Valley Traffic Detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate a hit and run driver that killed an elderly man early Sunday morning.

On Sunday August 28th, 2011, at approximately 1:40 a.m., a 70-year-old male, White, resident of Sun Valley, was walking in the number two lane on Saticoy Street, just west of Atoll Avenue. Witnesses said a possible white, four door sedan, traveling westbound on Saticoy Street collided with the pedestrian. The driver failed to stop and render aid or identify themselves as required by law.  The vehicle was last seen northbound on Fulton Avenue from Saticoy Street.

Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced the man dead at scene. His name is being withheld until his family can be notified.

Anyone with information about his incident, or the whereabouts of the involved driver or vehicle is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Detectives, Officer Lisset Fuentes or Detective William Bustos at 818-644-8022. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  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, click on "web tips" and follow the prompts.