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Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Update
On January 17, 2019, 47-year-old Freddy Prieto, resident of Norwalk, was arrested. He was charged with 192 C (2) PC-Vehicular Manslaughter, 20001(a) VC-Hit and Run with Death and 20002(a) VC-Hit and Run with Property Damage. Prieto will appear in court on Monday, February 11, 2019, in Department 60, at 1945 S. Hill Street.



Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of a suspect involved in a fatal hit and run collision, that killed a 57-year-old woman, a resident of Los Angeles.

On January 16, 2019, around 7:35 a.m., Northeast Area patrol officers responded to the 1800 block of Hyperion Avenue for a radio call of a 'Found Body'.

A witness who was collecting recyclables discovered the victim and had a local business in the area call 9-1-1. When the officers arrived, Los Angeles Fire Department was already at scene and had declared the victim deceased.

The death was undetermined in the initial stages of the patrol officers' investigation. However, the officers reviewed surveillance video from a local business across the street, and determined the incident to be a possible hit and run otherwise.

The video revealed that a tan or brown 2010 to 2013, 4-door, Toyota Corolla was travelling southbound on Hyperion Avenue passing Udell Court. The Corolla loses control and spun into the northbound lanes on Hyperion Avenue and onto the sidewalk.

The video shows the victim was on the sidewalk standing next to two trashcans when she was struck by the Corolla. The trashcans and the victim were launched approximately 15-feet into an open area between two buildings.

Moments later, what appears to be a male driver, exits the vehicle, and appears to inspect the damage to his vehicle. The driver then re-enters his vehicle, and fled southbound Hyperion Avenue. The suspect failed to render aid as required by law.

The Corolla has obvious damage to the right side.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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 $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective-II Juan Campos (213) 486-0755. 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 www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.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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