Arlington Heights: The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division Detectives are requesting the public’s help in identifying the suspect involved in a fatal hit-and-run.
On Tuesday, November 14, 2023, around 6:40 a.m., a fatal hit-and-run traffic collision occurred at the intersection of Venice Boulevard and 12th Avenue. A 2020 white Mazda CX-5 Crossover traveling east on Venice Boulevard collided with a pedestrian that was crossing the street northbound on Venice Boulevard in the marked crosswalk. The vehicle failed to stop at the scene of the collision and fled east on Venice Boulevard. There is no driver information at this time. The license plate of the Mazda was 8XHG132.
Actual vehicle from a vehicle dash camera
Not actual vehicle. Side profile for illustration purposes only.
The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and provided immediate medical attention to the pedestrian. The pedestrian succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at scene.
The victim was identified as 66-year-old Bibiana Retana-Sosa, a resident of Los Angeles.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
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 Officer Franco Serial No. 37575 of West Traffic Detectives at (213) 473-0234. 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.