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Friday, April 21, 2017

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April 21, 2017

Update

During a follow-up investigation, the suspect described below was interviewed and the vehicle was inspected and photographed. After the interview and inspection, the suspect and the suspect's vehicle were eliminated from this investigation.

At this time, we have no other hit and run vehicle or suspect descriptions.


Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision that seriously injured a man.

On April 20, 2017, around 12:20 a.m., a severe injury vehicle vs. pedestrian hit and run occurred at the intersection of 6th Street and Towne Avenue in Central Area. The victim, a male, Hispanic, in his 50's, was crossing 6th Street in a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on 6th Street. The vehicle sped eastbound from the location without stopping. Within minutes, witnesses noticed the vehicle return to the scene and pass the fallen victim. The driver again left the scene eastbound on 6th Street and then made a left turn onto Stanford Avenue. One of the witnesses rode his motor scooter after the suspect and managed to reach him at 5th Street and Stanford Avenue. The witness and suspect exchanged words and then the suspect fled a second time. Fortunately, the witness obtained the license plate number and provided responding police officers with the information.

Paramedics from the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the victim to LAC+USC Medical Center. He suffered severe head and body trauma and underwent surgery. He is currently listed in critical condition. The victim's identity is unknown.

The suspect vehicle is described as a black 2007 Cadillac CTS, four-door, bearing license plate number 5YTE203. The driver is a male, Black in his 50's.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Robert Palma at (213) 486-0767. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact Central Traffic Division's Watch Commander at (213) 486-3713 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on"Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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