January 4, 2024
The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division detectives announce the arrest of the driver responsible for the killing of a pedestrian in a hit and run traffic collision.
Detectives determined the vehicle driven was a gray, 2023 Toyota Highlander. After an extensive follow-up investigation, detectives identified the driver of the vehicle as 48-year-old Eduardo Alejandro Leiva, a resident of the Los Angeles area.
Leiva was arrested and booked at 77th Street Jail for 20001(A)VC: Felony Hit and Run, booking number 6737074.
Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division detectives are investigating the circumstances of a traffic collision resulting in a fatality.
On Thursday, January 4, 2024 around 12:05 a.m., a pedestrian was walking southbound Sepulveda Boulevard south of Century Boulevard outside of a marked crosswalk. A late-model, gray, Chevy sports utility vehicle (SUV) was travelling southbound Sepulveda Boulevard and collided with the pedestrian. The driver of the Chevy SUV failed to remain at scene, identify themselves, or render aid to the pedestrian as required by law.
The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the pedestrian deceased at scene. The victim has not been identified and is described as a female Hispanic between 20 to 25 years old. The investigation is ongoing.
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 West Traffic Detectives at (213) 473-0234. 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. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.