Downtown Los Angeles header image
Los Angeles Police Department Badge


News Release

Sunday, June 24, 2001

Media Relations

Thirty One Year Old Killed by Hit and Run Driver in Newton Division

"Thirty One Year Old Killed by Hit and Run Driver in Newton Division"


Los Angeles: On Friday, June 22, 2001, at approximately 11:00P.M., an unknown male Black was driving a [possible] burgundy colored Buick Regal northbound on Hooper Avenue, when he collided with 31 year-old, Miguel Pascual Matias. Matias was walking westbound across Hooper Avenue between 47th Street and 48th Street. Matias was launched onto the hood of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and identify himself, or render aid to Matias, who sustained extensive blunt force trauma to his upper extremities.

Matias was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. The driver and the vehicle are still outstanding.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Central Traffic Division Detectives at 213-485-3111, or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-485-3122.

For further information regarding this case, please contact Detective II Michael Kaden or Officer Rojas at 213-485-3111. This press release was prepared by Officer Hayley Purece, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.