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News Release

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Media Relations

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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department West Traffic Area detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision that left 85-year-old Encarnacion Valiente dead.

On January 6, 2016, around 7:23 p.m, Ms. Valiente, was walking across Olympic Blvd at Serrano Avenue. She was in a marked crosswalk, when she was struck by a bus. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid to the victim as required by law.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital. Despite lifesaving efforts by medical personnel, Ms. Valiente died from her injuries.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a white tour bus with black stripes on both sides. The bus also has tinted windows and the word "Morongo" displayed on the bus.

Multiple witnesses stopped to help Ms. Valiente that day and detectives are asking anyone who was in the area or who was on the bus coming from Morongo Casino to come forward.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact West Traffic Division detectives at (213) 473-0234, Investigator Juan Velasco at (213) 473-0238 or the West Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 473-0222. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.