Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision NR19312ml

November 18, 2019

Panorama City: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a felony hit and run fatality that occurred on Nordhoff Street east of Tobias Avenue.

On Saturday, November 16, 2019, around 5:35 a.m., a dark colored vehicle was traveling eastbound Nordhoff Street at Tobias Avenue when it hit a pedestrian. The female pedestrian was walking southbound Tobias Avenue in an unmarked crosswalk when she was hit. Other passing vehicles also possibly collided with the pedestrian while she was on the roadway. None of the vehicles stopped or rendered aid to the pedestrian on the roadway. A good Samaritan driver going eastbound on Nordhoff Street did stop and called emergency dispatch to report the collision.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the pedestrian dead. She has been identified as Juana De Jesus Rodriguez, she was 69 years old and a resident of Panorama City.

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.

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.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Officer Garcia at (818) 644-8117. 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.