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Sunday, October 1, 2006

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Driver Sought in Fatal Collision

Los Angeles: The police department is seeking the public's help in identifying the driver of a car who caused a fatal collision, killing the passenger and critically injuring the other occupants.

On September 30, 2006, at 11:10 p.m., LAPD traffic officers responded to a felony hit and run collision at Blythe Street and Van Nuys Boulevard.

According to witnesses, a black Toyota Celica GT carrying five passengers was travelling northbound Van Nuys Boulevard when a white Toyota Corolla made a left turn in front of the on-coming Toyota Celica. The impact caused the driver of the Toyota Celica to lose control and collide with a tree.

The front passenger a male in his teens died at the scene. The driver of the Celica, a female and two of her passengers where transported to a local hospital in critical condition. A 13-year-old girl, who had been ejected from the car, was transported by a medical helicopter to Children's Hospital where she was listed in critical condition.

The driver of the Corolla was described as a male Hispanic approximately 30-40 years old, and was last seen running from the scene. Detectives have seized the suspect's vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Valley Traffic Detective Section at 818-374-1937. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).