Los Angeles: Detectives
from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division
are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that
would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved
in a hit and run collision that killed an elderly woman.
On December 21, 2017, around 9:53 p.m., Cynthia Szukala, 69 years
of age and a resident of Los Angeles, was standing outside of her
parked motor home located at the 3700 block of Union Pacific
Avenue, when she was stuck by an 18-wheel tractor trailer. The
driver of the tractor trailer fled the scene eastbound on Union
Pacific Avenue without identifying himself or rendering aid to Ms.
Szukala as required by law.
Ms. Szukala suffered severe blunt force injuries to her body and
was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from the Los Angeles
City Fire Department.
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 $50,000 is available to community members
who provide information leading to the offender’s identification,
apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil
Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central
Traffic Division Detectives at 213-833-3713 or Detective Juan
Campos at 213-486-0755. 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
www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit
www.lapdonline.org, 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.