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News Release

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Fatal Hit and Run Hit, Involving Motorcycle vs. Truck Traffic Collision NR16266ti

Reseda: A Hit and Run Fatal Traffic collision occurred in the area of Tampa Avenue and Vanowen Street.

On August 24, 2016, around 6:45 a.m., a motorcycle described as a 2013 Kawasaki Ninja was driven by a male, 19-year-old, resident of Thousand Oaks. The motorcycle was traveling southbound Tampa Avenue and collided with the right side of a vehicle traveling northbound Tampa Avenue conducting a left turn at the intersection of Vanowen Street.

The motorcyclist sustained severe injuries and as the result of the collision died at the scene. The driver left the scene failing to stop, render aid and exchange information as required by law.

The hit and run vehicle is described as an early 2000 white, 2 door, large pick-up, possibly Ford, GM or Dodge with a dump truck style bed with short bed walls and a single axle with dual tires and blue logo on the passenger door.

The hit and run driver and vehicle remain outstanding.

Notification to next of kin is pending.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Detective II Humberto Fajardo at 818-644-8033 or Detective III William Bustos at 818-644-8021. 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 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 prompt.