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News Release

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Media Relations

Vehicle vs Motorized Scooter Hit and Run NR18233ti

October 26, 2018

The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division detectives are announcing the arrest of Roberto A. Garcia-Martinez, a 33-year-old resident of Los Angeles, Echo-Park Area.

The detectives assigned to this case received several anonymous tips from the public that lead the recovery of the suspected vehicle in the city of Hemet. Deputies from the Hemet Police Department and Riverside's Sheriff's Department-San Jacinto Station assisted in the recovery of vehicle and other key pieces of the vehicle at a local auto body-shop.

LAPD would like to thank the tipsters and our partners in law enforcement for their assistance in this very important case. This case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

Garcia-Martinez was booked for an unrelated outstanding warrant. His bail was set at $10,000.00.

CTD detectives are urging the female passenger to come forward to assist with the ongoing investigation.

September 11, 2018

On September 10, 2018, around 11:00 p.m., 34-year-old male Esdras Velazquez was pronounced dead. The Felony Hit and Run Traffic Collision is now a Vehicular Manslaughter. The reward is now $50,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

A Vehicle vs Motorized Scooter Felony Hit and Run Traffic Collision with severe injuries

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information regarding the events that led up to a hit and run collision that severely injured a 34- year-old male that is now in a coma at a local hospital.

On September 4, 2018, around 8:55 p.m., a driver in a gray 2010 BMW 5 Series approached the intersection of Glendale Blvd and Waverly Drive. The driver struck the rear of the scooter that had a driver and one passenger. By-standers called for paramedics and the passenger was transported to a local hospital where he currently remains in a coma.

The driver of the BMW failed to stop, identify himself/herself or render aid to the victim as required by law. Detectives are trying to determine if there are additional witnesses with cell phone video or any information that will identify and assist with locating the suspected driver of the BMW. The driver was described as a male, with a beard, dark features, heavy set between 35-40 years of age. There was a female seated in the front passenger seat.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Central Traffic Division, Detective Moses Castillo at (213) 833-3713 and or email at During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.