Los Angeles: The Los Angeles
Police Department West Traffic Division detectives 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 severely injured a bicyclist.
On August 15, 2017, around 6:50 p.m., Olympic Area officers
responded to West Venice Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue for a
traffic collision. The investigation revealed that a collision
occurred when the bicyclist, riding his bicycle westbound on West
Venice Boulevard, was struck by a vehicle also traveling westbound
on West Venice Boulevard. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene
without identifying themselves and did not render aid to the
victim, as required by law.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and
transported the bicyclist to a local area hospital with severe head
The suspect vehicle is described as a tan colored minivan. The
investigation is ongoing.
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 about this collision is asked to contact
the LAPD West Traffic Division Officer Juan Velasco at (213)
473-0234. 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 ww.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.