Pacoima: The Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Traffic Detectives, are investigating a fatal hit-and-run traffic collision that killed a man in his late 80’s.
On August 9, 2023, around 8:40 p.m., an older blue or green Ford Explorer SUV (unknown year), travelling eastbound Polk Street collided with a pedestrian crossing southbound Polk Street. The driver failed to stop, identify themselves, or attempt to render aid to the pedestrian who sustained severe injuries, as required by law.
The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
Anyone who was driving in the area of Polk St and Norris Ave between 8:40 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., and/or witnessed the collision is urged to contact Valley Traffic Detectives.
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.
The public is also reminded that as pedestrians, they should obey the rules of the road and walk on designated walking areas, such as sidewalks and cross-walks.
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 Officer Reyes at (818) 644-8114 or Detective Otrosina at (818) 644-8036. 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.
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 L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.