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Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Pedestrian Killed by Hit-and-Run Motorist NR12593ne

Los Angeles:  Detectives are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian who was attempting to cross the street.

On December 19, 2012, at around 3:25 p.m., a motorist was travelling north on Western Avenue at Vernon when it collided into a pedestrian that was walking in the crosswalk.  The motorist failed to stop and remain at scene.  The motorist continued north on Western Avenue, leaving the pedestrian helpless in the roadway.  The impact of the collision caused the pedestrian to sustain life threatening injuries.  The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

According to witnesses, the hit-and-run vehicle was described as an older model dark colored Lexus.  

The pedestrian was identified as Tracy Louis Walker, 50 years-of-age of Los Angeles.

The suspect is outstanding. The Los Angeles Police Department, South Traffic Division, is seeking the public’s help in locating the responsible party of this horrific incident.

Anyone with information regarding this traffic collision can contact South Traffic Division, Detective Section at 323 421-2500 during the weekdays between 7 am – 5pm.  After hours and weekends, please contact South Traffic Division’s Watch Commander at 213-485-7336 or a toll free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  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.