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July 20, 2021
July 21, 2021

Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of a hit-and-run driver involved in a traffic collision that resulted in the death of a pedestrian.

On July 18, 2021 at approximately 8:25 a.m., the driver of a 2021 dark gray Kia k5 (unknown license plate) was engaged in a speed contest with at least two other vehicles. The racing vehicles were traveling southbound Figueroa at 89th Street when the driver of the Kia k5 collided with a 59-years-old man that was walking eastbound in an unmarked crosswalk.

The driver of the Kia k5 fled the scene without rendering aid to the pedestrian. The drivers of the other two racing vehicles also fled the scene without identifying themselves or rendering aid to the victim (all in violation of VC 20001(a), Felony Hit-in-Run.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to Harbor UCLA Medical Center Hospital. The victim died from his injuries. The suspect(s) and vehicle(s) are still outstanding.

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 $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

At this time the victim’s information is not being released until family is notified.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Detective Keith Gonzales or Officer Carol Mitchell, South Traffic Division at 323-421-2500. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to the South Traffic Watch Commander at 323-421-2577 or 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.