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Sunday, June 19, 2011

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Motorcyclist Killed in Hit & Run Crash

Los Angeles:  A motorcyclist was killed late Saturday night after being struck by a car that fled the scene after the crash.

On June 18, 2011, at approximately 11:40 p.m., a motorist in a white Volkswagen Jetta was traveling southbound on Western Avenue at 84th Street, when the Jetta struck a motorcyclist, 30-year-old Edwin Vargas of Los Angeles, who was traveling northbound on Western Avenue.

After the collision the driver of the Jetta failed to stop and identify themselves, or render aid, as is required by law.  That person now faces Felony Hit and Run charges.

Vargas suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at scene by Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact South Traffic Detectives, Detective Sandra Smith at 323-290-6063 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  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 "webtips" and follow the prompts.