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News Release

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Media Relations

Fatal Hit and Run In Rampart NR19082sr

The suspect driving the hit and run vehicle has been identified. See attached photo of the suspect.

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Detectives are requesting the public's assistance in locating the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit and run.

On March 26, 2019, around 6:10 a.m., a fatal hit and run traffic collision occurred on Bonnie Brae Street just north of 6th Street in Rampart Area. Leonides Rivas, 30 years old, had just parked his personal vehicle on Bonnie Brae Street and was in the process of crossing the street eastbound. Rivas was midway when he stopped for a vehicle approaching northbound. At that point, he was struck from behind by a truck traveling southbound on Bonnie Brae Street. The driver of the truck fled southbound from the scene and failed to identify himself or render aid as required by law.

Rivas suffered multiple blunt force trauma injuries and was transported to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center by paramedics from the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Despite the life-saving efforts, Rivas succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a 2000-2005, white pick-up truck, with a dark bed-liner. The driver is described as a male, Hispanic, 30-35 years old, with dark hair (combed back).

The collision was captured on video by surveillance system from an adjacent building.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division, Detective Calvin Dehesa at (213) 486-0750. 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 the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, 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.