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Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Hit-and-Run Drivers Leave Pedestrian Dead $50,000 Reward Extended NR13460dm

Los Angeles:  On Sunday, December 2, 2012, at approximately 2:15 a.m., a double Hit and Run Traffic Collision occurred in the community of Reseda.  A dark gray sport utility vehicle (SUV) was traveling northbound on Reseda Boulevard when it collided with a pedestrian who was crossing eastbound on Reseda Boulevard, south of Bessemer Street.  While the pedestrian lay in the roadway motionless, he was struck by a second passenger vehicle.  The pedestrian, Thomas Robert Price, a 22-year-old resident of Reseda, died at a local hospital.  Both drivers sped away from the scene without stopping to render aid or to identify themselves.

The first Hit and Run vehicle is described as a 1997-1998, dark gray SUV, possible Chevrolet Tahoe LX with a 4-5 inch lift kit.  The vehicle may have sustained head lamp damage from the collision.  The second Hit and Run vehicle is described as a dark blue, four-door, possible Acura.

On February 18, 2013, a $50,000 reward was approved by City Council for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit and run drivers.  The reward was valid for six months.  A second six-month extension was approved validating the reward for a second six-month period.

The investigation is ongoing, anyone who may have witnessed or have information regarding this tragic incident is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division Detectives Officer Fredo at (818) 644-8037, or Detective Bustos at (818) 644-8021 during normal business hours.  After-hours calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).  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.


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