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Monday, December 23, 2013

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Los Angeles:  On January 13, 2014, at 6 p.m. Valley Traffic Division Detectives arrested a 46-year-old male, Rene Amaya, of Panorama City on suspicion of the felony hit and run 20001(a) VC death of a bicyclist, which occurred on December 23, 2013 at the intersection of Burnet Ave and Lanark St in the community of Panorama City, California.  Bail was set at $50,000.

Los Angeles:
  Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision between a vehicle and a bicycle.

On Monday, December 23, 2013, around 7 a.m., Valley Traffic Division Officers were called to investigate a severe injury traffic collision that occurred at the intersection of Lanark Street and Burnet Avenue.

The investigation revealed that the bicyclist was riding westbound on Burnet Avenue when he was struck by an unknown vehicle which was traveling southbound on Lanark Street. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene without identifying himself or rendering aid to the victim, a violation of 20001 (A) VC, Hit and Run.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the location and transported the victim to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment.   

The collision is under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Detectives, Detective William Bustos at (818) 644-8021 or Officer Scott DeWitt at (818) 644-8027.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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.