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News Release

Sunday, November 5, 2006

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Detectives Looking for Witnesses of a Fatal Hit and Run Accident

UPDATE: On November 5, 2006, at approximately 3:30 P.M., Hollywood Area detectives arrested 30-year-old Manuel Eric Munera on suspicion of Felony Hit and Run causing great bodily harm or death. The arrest came after Munera called Hollywood desk personnel with detailed knowledge of the accident. The car involved in the accident was impounded for investigation.

Los Angeles:
Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding witnesses who might have information regarding a fatal traffic accident involving two pedestrians.

On November 5, 2006, shortly before 2:00 A.M., a hit and run accident occurred in the Hollywood Area. The accident involved two pedestrians, a male and a female that were crossing Franklin Avenue northbound at Vista Del Mar Avenue. A vehicle travelling east on Franklin Avenue struck both pedestrians and drove from the scene of the accident. The female pedestrian was thrown about 50 feet from the point of impact.

The hit and run vehicle was last seen driving east on Franklin Avenue and is described as a 2002 to 2005 dark colored 4 door sedan. The vehicle has right front-end damage and is missing the right side passenger door mirror.

Both pedestrians sustained blunt force trauma injuries and were transported to a local hospital. A short time after the female victim, 22 years of age and a resident of Los Angeles died of her injuries. Her identity is being withheld pending notification of her next of kin. The male pedestrian is 27 year-old, Luke Coffee a resident of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division Section is conducting the investigation to identify the hit and run suspect and vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Traffic Division Detective Section at 213-473-0237 or West Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-473-0222. On weekends and off-hours, call the toll free 24-hour hot line at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).