$50,000 Reward Offered for Unsolved Fatal Hit and Run

January 13, 2009

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department and City Councilmember Jose Huizar announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect responsible for the fatal hit and run of an elderly man on October 24, 2008.

The fatality happened around 11:15 a.m., in Los Angeles near Olympic Boulevard and Evergreen Street.  Francisco Pedraza, 70, was crossing the street when a man driving an unidentified vehicle struck him in the crosswalk and took off.

Paramedics rushed the victim to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

Pedraza was a resident of Los Angeles.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Central Traffic Division Detectives at 213-972-1825.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website, www.lapdonline.org.  All tips may remain anonymous.