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News Release

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Media Relations

Witnesses Wanted for Fatal Traffic Collision

What:
News Conference 

When:
Thursday, October 20, 2005
2:00 PM

Where:
5th Street and Vermont Avenue
Koreatown (Collision Location)

Who:
Los Angeles Councilmember Tom LaBonge
Captain Ann Young, Commanding Officer, Central Traffic Division
Family members of Victim

Why:
On October 12, 2005, at approximately 6:20 AM, a fatal traffic collision occurred at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and 5th Street in Koreatown.

76-year-old Henry Choi, a resident of Los Angeles, was walking across Vermont Avenue at 5th Street when he was struck by a vehicle and he was taken to the University of Southern California Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested for suspicion of Driving Under Influence and Murder.  The suspect has since been released from custody due to lack of witnesses.

Mr. Choi's photograph will be available during the news conference.

Any witnesses who observed the collision are urged to come forward and contact Detectives M. Kaden or J. Mapson, Central Traffic Division, at 213-972-1825.  On weekends or during off-hours, the public can call the toll-free, 24-hour anonymous tip line at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).