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News Release

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Media Relations

Pedestrian Fatally Wounded In A Hit And Run

"Pedestrian Fatally Wounded In A Hit And Run "


Los Angeles: On November 15, 2003, at 8:10 p.m. a fatal hit and run traffic collision occurred at Vanowen Street west of Vesper Avenue. The victim Angel Velasquez (82 years old) a resident of Van Nuys was crossing Vanowen Street midblock when he was struck by a possible newer Lexus SUV cream or white in color.

The driver of the vehicle continued traveling westbound on Vanowen Street after striking the victim. There is no description of the driver. The victim was transported to Valley Presbyterian Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Valley Traffic Division at 818-756-8722 or Detective Billy Bustos at 818-756-8391. On weekends and during off-hours, contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This news release was prepared by Public Information Officer Sandra Escalante, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.