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News Release

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Media Relations

Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Elderly Pedestrian NR12194rf

News conference to announce a $50,000 reward in connection with the hit-and-run death of a 78-year-old pedestrian.  A photo of the victim will also be on display.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
10 a.m.

Western Avenue and 55th Street
Los Angeles 90062

District 8 Los Angeles City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks
LAPD South Traffic Division Commanding Officer Captain Ron Marbrey
LAPD South Traffic Division Detective Officer-in-Charge Jimmy Render
Family members of victim

To announce a $50,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver who killed 78-year-old Jimmie Thomas.

On Monday, June 18, 2012, at about 12 p.m., LAPD South Traffic Division (STD) officers responded to a hit-and-run traffic collision involving a pedestrian on Western Avenue near 55th Street.  The investigation showed that the victim was crossing Western Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle heading south on Western Avenue. Thomas suffered severe injuries from the impact and died seven days later at a local hospital.

Detectives believe the hit-and-run vehicle is possibly a dark-colored  2000 through 2005 Ford Escape. The driver, who left the scene of the collision without stopping to render aid or provide identification as required by law, is described as a Black male with a skinny build in his 30s.

Anyone with information about this incident, especially the location of the driver or hit-and-run vehicle, is asked to contact STD detectives at 323-421-2500.  During weekends and off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-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.

For more information about the news conference, call STD InvestigatorYount at 323-421-2535.