Fatal Hit-and-Run Collision NR23723mc/bb

October 25, 2023

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division are investigating a fatal hit-and-run collision that left a pedestrian dead.

On September 16, 2023, around 11:30 p.m., 67-year-old Charles Williams was crossing Western Avenue, south of 52nd Street, when he was struck by an off-white Infiniti SUV. The driver of the SUV failed to render aid or comply with the law and fled westbound 54th Street from Western Avenue. The SUV sustained serious damage to its hood and possibly a smashed windshield.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel transported Charles to a local hospital in critical condition. On September 19, 2023, Charles succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Motorists 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.

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 any information is encouraged to contact Detective Gerald Chavarria, Serial No. 37560, South Traffic Division Detectives at (213)-924-3621. During non-business hours, or on weekends, contact 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. Tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.