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Friday, May 26, 2017

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Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision NR17155jh


Los Angeles: On May 26, 2017, Valley Bureau Homicide detectives have arrested 47-year-old Victor Mainwal Junior for 192(c)(1) Penal Code, Vehicular Manslaughter.

The 1998 Chevy utility vehicle was impounded for evidence.

Mainwal is currently in custody and being held on $15,000 bail. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office on May 30, 2017 for filing considerations.

Los Angeles:
Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau Homicide are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of the suspect involved in a fatal hit and run collision that left an adult male dead and another man hospitalized.

On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, around 12:50 a.m., Valley Traffic Division officers responded to a traffic collision at Winnetka Avenue and Gilmore Street. When officers arrived at the location, they found two cyclists that have been struck by a white utility type vehicle. Both cyclists were transported to a local hospital.

The investigation revealed that the cyclists were two male Hispanics riding their bicycles home from work at a close by business. As they rode north on Winnetka Avenue, the male driver of a white utility truck suddenly swerved from his lane into the two victims. Both cyclists were struck by the vehicle. The driver stopped and attempted to look back over his shoulder and continued north on Winnetka Avenue and into the nearby motel parking lot. The driver waited for several minutes before leaving the parking lot, westbound on Vanowen Street.

The decedent's name is currently being withheld pending his identification and notification of next of kin. The surviving cyclist has been released from the hospital and is resting at home.
The suspect vehicle is described as a white utility type vehicle.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Bureau Homicide, Detective Doerbecker at 818-374-1943. 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.