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News Release

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Pedestrian Killed by Hit and Run Driver

Los Angeles: Early this morning at around 12:05 a.m., a 34-year-old homeless man from Van Nuys was found lying in the road by the edge of the sidewalk.

The police (LAPD) were called to Haynes Street just west of Van Nuys Boulevard, in Van Nuys, to investigate the incident.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The investigation determined that the victims' injuries were consistent with a vehicle versus pedestrian collision. The driver and the hit and run vehicle are still outstanding.

The vehicle is described as a 1980 to 1989 Honda Civic, 4-door, beige in color with minor damage to the right front passenger side just above the headlight. The driver is described as a male White in his late 40's, salt and pepper hair, parted in the middle. His hair covered his ears. The driver at this time is considered as a 'person of interest'.

The name of the victim will not be disclosed until the family has been notified.

Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division (VTD) detectives are handling the investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Officer Menesez at 818-644-8026 or Detective W. Bustos at 818-644-8021. During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247). Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD." Tipsters may remain anonymous.