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News Release

Thursday, January 3, 2002

Media Relations

Detectives Investigate Fatal Hit & Run Collision

"Detectives Investigate Fatal Hit and Run Collision"


Los Angeles: On January 3, 2002, at approximately 12:50 p.m., a felony hit and run, auto vs. pedestrian traffic collision occurred at the intersection of Vernon Avenue and 6th Avenue. The victim, a 16 year-old boy, was severely injured after being struck by a silver or gray compact vehicle. The victim was crossing Vernon Avenue when he was struck.

After the collision, the suspect's vehicle continued westbound on Vernon Avenue, leaving the victim lying in the roadway failing to stop and identify herself, render aid, or call for medical assistance. Witnesses to the collision described the hit and run suspect as a female Black, no further description. Witnesses were unable to obtain the license plate number of the hit and run vehicle.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to Cedar Sinai Hospital for emergency medical treatment. The victim sustained major head and body trauma and is currently listed in critical condition.

Anyone with additional information should contact South Traffic Detectives at 323-290-6063 during business hours. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.