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News Release

Monday, March 30, 2009

Media Relations

Fatal Traffic Accident in Northeast Area

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed fifty-six year-old Agapito Gaspar Nicolas, while he was walking in a crosswalk late Sunday night.

On March 29, 2009, at around 10:50 p.m., Nicolas, a resident of Los Angeles, was crossing eastbound on Figueroa Street at Avenue 51 in a marked crosswalk when he was hit by a silver Volkswagen Jetta traveling northbound on Figueroa Street.  The driver failed to stop and render aid to the victim as required by law.

Nicolas was transported to a local hospital by the Los Angeles City Fire Paramedics, where he was pronounced dead.   

Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division detectives are handling the investigation.  Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Detective Michael Kaden at 213-972-1825.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD."  Tipsters may remain anonymous.