Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision NR22048ll

February 28, 2022

Van Nuys: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect responsible for a hit-and-run traffic collision that killed a man.

On February 27, 2022, around 4:10 a.m., a vehicle was traveling southbound Sepulveda Blvd north of Victory Blvd when it collided with a pedestrian who was outside of a marked-crosswalk. After the collision, the hit and run driver failed to remain at scene and/or render aid to the fatally injured pedestrian as required by law. A Jeep Wrangler was also seen stopped facing northbound Sepulveda Blvd with its headlights on next to the pedestrian who was laying on the road. We are attempting to identify the driver of that Jeep as a witness.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the male pedestrian dead. He was a male, Hispanic, approximately 50-years-old. His name has not been released pending notification to next-of-kin.

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 $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 Divison Officer Reyes or Officer Martinez at (818) 644-8114. 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 CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact CrimeStoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.