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December 20, 2011

$50,000 Reward Being Offered

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Central Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help with providing any information that will lead to the arrest of person responsible for a tragic traffic collision that seriously injured a 59-year-old female victim in South Los Angeles.

On August 11, 2011 at about 8:40 a.m., Irma Rodriguez was standing behind her vehicle, which was stopped on Long Beach Avenue and north of 40th Place, when the incident occurred.  An unknown vehicle traveling northbound Long Beach Avenue struck the victim from behind.

After hitting the victim, the driver failed to stop to render aid and identify themselves as required by law.  The hit-and-run vehicle fled the scene leaving the injured pedestrian in serious condition, which ultimately caused the amputation of her legs.

The Los Angeles city Council approved a reward of $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this vicious crime.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Central Traffic detectives at 213-972-1840.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.   Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.