Father Killed While Saving His 2-Year-Old Son’s Life in a Fatal Hit and Run NR22049ll

March 10, 2022

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect responsible for a hit-and-run traffic collision that killed a 42-year-old man.

On February 26, 2022, around 7:15 p.m., a family of three was crossing eastbound 84th Street and Hoover Street in a marked crosswalk guided by a crossing guard. As both northbound and southbound traffic stopped for the family to cross, a grey sedan driving at a high rate of speed traveling northbound on Hoover Street went into oncoming southbound lanes and as it was going to strike the family of three the father saved his 2-year-old son by tossing him out of the path of the oncoming suspect vehicle. The suspect fled northbound Hoover Street without stopping or rendering aid to the victim’s.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Both mother and child were transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

The identity of the 42-year old male is not being released until additional family is notified. Los Angeles Police Department, South Traffic Detectives are conducting the investigation.

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 Moreno, at 323-421-2500. 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.