Elderly Pedestrian Killed by Hit and Run Traffic Collision NR19302jc

November 8, 2019

Panorama City: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a felony hit and run that occurred resulting in the death of an elderly pedestrian.

On Friday, September 27, 2019, at 7:25 p.m., the pedestrian was crossing southbound on Plummer Street, outside of a marked crosswalk, when she was struck by a gray Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) that was negotiating a left turn from a private parking lot into eastbound Plummer Street. The SUV was described as a 2002-2006 Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban with chrome aftermarket wheels and a sticker on the rear windshield.

The driver of the SUV fled the scene and failed to stop, identify themselves, and render aid as required by law. 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.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the injured pedestrian to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The victim is identified as Jeannie Young Bonnell, a 69-year-old female Asian.

The public should be aware that individuals involved in a traffic collision must stop at the scene, provide their identification, and render aid. Failing to do so is a felony and carries the possibility of significant time in prison. Pedestrians are also reminded to utilize crosswalks when crossing the street.

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 Valley Traffic Division Detective Sadeh at 818-644-8029. 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.