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News Release

Friday, October 24, 2008

Media Relations

Hit and Run Driver Sought

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department traffic detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the hit and run driver responsible for the death of 76-year old Francisco Pedraza.  

On Friday, October 24, 2008, at about 11:15 a.m., Mr. Pedraza was crossing 3000 block of Olympic Boulevard when he was struck by a possible white Honda.  The Honda was westbound on Olympic at the time, but did not stop to render any assistance to the victim.

The driver was described as a Hispanic male.

Mr. Pedraza was taken to USC Medical Center where he died a short time later as a result of his injuries.  He is a resident of Huntington Park.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Central Traffic Detective Josephine Mapson at (213) 972-1825.   After hours and on weekends calls may be directed to the 24-hour toll free number, 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855).  Callers may also text “CRIMES” with a cell phone or by logging on to and clicking on Web Tips.  When using a cell phone always begin the message with “LAPD.” All calls and contacts are anonymous.