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Sunday, January 9, 2011

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Hit and Run Driver Arrested NR11013

UPDATE
February 2, 2011


Los Angeles:  Adrian Diamond, 21 years old, was released from custody as being a suspect in this matter.  The investigation is continuing and anyone with information about the suspect or the hit and run vehicle described as a 1990-1995 Ford Thunderbird, dark in color, is asked to call (877) LAPD247.

Los Angeles:
A hit and run driver who killed a North Hollywood man was arrested about six hours after the collision when he returned to the crime scene.

On January 8, 2011, at around 8 p.m., Adrian Diamond, a 21-year-old resident of Stevenson Ranch, was driving a 1990 to 1995 Ford Thunderbird northbound on Coldwater Canyon approaching Sherman Way.  He struck and killed 76-year-old Earl Biggs, a resident of North Hollywood, who was crossing the street mid block.  

Diamond failed to stop to render aid and identify himself as is required by law. However, early the next morning, on January 9, 2011, at around 2 a.m., Diamond returned to the crash site and was taken into custody without incident.  He was booked into Van Nuys Jail on a $50,000 bail, for Felony Hit and Run.  Had Diamond stayed at the scene it is possible that he would not be facing any charges.

Biggs was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

The Ford Thunderbird is still outstanding.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division, Officer Martinez at 818-644-8032, or Detective William Bustos at 818-644-8021.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers 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 LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.
A hit and run driver who killed a North Hollywood man was arrested about six hours after the collision when he returned to the crime scene.On January 8, 2011, at around 8 p.m., Adrian Diamond, a 21-year-old resident of Stevenson Ranch, was driving a 1990 to 1995 Ford Thunderbird northbound on Coldwater Canyon approaching Sherman Way.  He struck and killed 76-year-old Earl Biggs, a resident of North Hollywood, who was crossing the street mid block.  Diamond failed to stop to render aid and identify himself as is required by law. However, early the next morning, on January 9, 2011, at around 2 a.m., Diamond returned to the crash site and was taken into custody without incident.  He was booked into Van Nuys Jail on a $50,000 bail, for Felony Hit and Run.  Had Diamond stayed at the scene it is possible that he would not be facing any charges.Biggs was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.The Ford Thunderbird is still outstanding.Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division, Officer Martinez at 818-644-8032, or Detective William Bustos at 818-644-8021.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers 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 LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.