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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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35-Year-Old Man in Critical Condition After Hit and Run NR16398lp


The driver, Javier Saravia was taken into custody at his residence and booked for 20001 (a) V.C., hit and run felony. The vehicle involved in the collision was parked in a car port to the rear of his residence and was impounded.

Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Police Department Southwest Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision, which left a 35-year-old man severely injured.

On December 26, 2016, around 3:40 p.m., Southwest Area officers responded to a radio call of a hit and run traffic collision at the intersection of 48th Street and 9th Avenue. When the officers arrived they found a male victim on the street who had been involved in the traffic collision.

The investigation revealed that the victim was riding a motorized bicycle west bound on 48th Street when a motorist made a left turn onto 9th Avenue and collided with the victim's motorized bicycle. The driver and a male passenger left the scene of the accident. The driver failed to stop, identify himself and did not render aide to the victim as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local area hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

The driver is described as a male Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, between 180 and 200 pounds with dark hair. He was seen wearing a gray baseball cap, a gray jacket, white t-shirt, and blue jeans.

The passenger is described as a male Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, with black hair and a mustache. He was seen wearing a red long sleeve shirt, black pants, and brown shoes.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a burgundy/red 1997-1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass four door sedan. The incident was captured on surveillance camera.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact LAPD South Traffic Division 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 the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, 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.