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News Release

Saturday, April 6, 2002

Media Relations

Fatal Hit-and-Run Traffic Collision


Los Angeles: On Friday, April 5, 2002 at approximately 10:00 P.M., a hit and run traffic collision occurred on Pacific Coast Highway west of Sunset Boulevard.

A 2001 Chevrolet Metro was traveling southbound on Pacific Coast Highway when his vehicle was struck by a 1992 Honda Civic that was traveling northbound on Pacific Coast Highway. The Honda crossed over the double yellow lines into the path of southbound traffic and collided with the Chevrolet Metro.

The Metro's four occupants, three males and one female, were transported by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics to UCLA Medical Center. All four sustained serious injuries and were admitted.

The Honda contained a female passenger, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles Fire Department Personnel.

The driver of the Honda fled the scene of the accident without identifying himself.

The driver of the Honda was described by witnesses as a male Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, in his early thirties. The suspect has numerous tattoos on both arms and was last seen wearing an avocado colored T-shirt, which was torn as a result of the collision. The suspect sustained facial injuries and was bleeding.

West Traffic Division detectives are conducting the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Officer Dan Kemble at 213-473-0227 during normal working hours. On weekends and during off-hours the 24-hour toll free number at the Detectives Information Desk is 1877 LAWFULL.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Eduardo Funes, Media relations Section, 213-485-3586.