$50,000 Reward Offered for Hit and Run

November 12, 2005

News Conference
Thursday, November 17, 2005
9:00 AM
Van Nuys Community Police Station
6240 Sylmar Avenue, Van Nuys (Government Center)
Councilmember Alex Padilla
Captain Ronald Marbrey, Commanding Officer, Valley Traffic Division
Detective William Bustos, Valley Traffic Division for Spanish Media
Victim’s Family Members
Councilmember Alex Padilla and Valley Traffic Detectives will ask for the public’s help and announce a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for the death of hit and run victim, Mr. Valerio Capilitan, 81-years-old at the time.
On Saturday, August 6, 2005, at about 5:50 AM, Mr. Capilitan was entering a parked vehicle on Van Nuys Boulevard when he was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on Van Nuys Boulevard. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop, identify him/herself and render aid to Mr. Capilitan. He died a short time later at a local hospital. Our investigation revealed that Mr. Capilitan along with his wife and three friends were preparing for a trip to Las Vegas when this tragic accident occurred.
Left at the scene was a passenger side mirror, tan in color. We have determined that the mirror belongs to a 1995-1999 Ford Taurus or a Mercury Sable.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Toni Wolfe, Valley Traffic Division, at 818-756-839. On weekends or during off-hours, the public can call the toll-free, 24-hour anonymous tip line at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).