Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision that killed a pedestrian.
On December 19, 2023, around 6:27 p.m., a vehicle traveling southbound Western Avenue near Vernon Avenue collided with a female pedestrian who was walking across Western Avenue. The vehicle is described as a possible white, small sedan that continued southbound Western Avenue failing to stop, identify themselves, or attempt to render aid to the pedestrian who sustained fatal injuries.
The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the pedestrian to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. The pedestrian has been identified as a 42-year-old female, who is a resident of the City of Los Angeles. Her name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.
The public is also reminded that as pedestrians, they should exercise caution when crossing streets, obey traffic lights, cross within marked crosswalks, and obey the rules of the road.
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 that provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.
Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact South Traffic Division Detective Gerald Chavarria at 213-924-362 or firstname.lastname@example.org. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.