Fatal Hit-and-Run Traffic Collision NR22138ah

May 12, 2022

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect responsible for a hit-and-run traffic collision that killed 75-year-old Hector Castro Hirales, a resident of Los Angeles.

On April 27, 2022, around 9:15 p.m., a vehicle was traveling eastbound on 41st Place from Wall Street when it collided with a pedestrian walking westbound Trinity Street in an unmarked crosswalk. The vehicle continued northbound on Trinity Street without stopping or rendering aid to the pedestrian, as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died.

The suspect vehicle is described as a silver compact SUV.

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.

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The investigation is ongoing and being handled by Central Traffic Division Detectives. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Juan Mendoza, Central Traffic Detectives, at (213) 833-3713 or e-mail him at 32010@lapd.online. 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.