Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision – NR23125dm

May 21, 2023

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect involved in the hit and run traffic collision that killed a 48-year-old female.

On May 12, 2023, around 10:10 p.m., a pedestrian was walking east in the crosswalk on Western Avenue, just north of 43rd Street, when a vehicle struck the pedestrian causing her to collide with the roadway. The driver momentarily stopped but failed to remain at scene and render aid to the victim as required by law. The vehicle fled northbound Western Avenue.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where she later died.  The suspect vehicle was described as a possible gold Toyota, unknown model, with partial California license plate “LDH”. There is no suspect description.

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 any information is encouraged to contact Detective Maricela Sasaki, South Traffic Division, at (323) 421-2500, or by email at 35565@lapd.online. 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 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.