January 25, 2024
A video of the incident and photo of the suspect vehicle are being released to assist in the identification of the suspect and suspect vehicle. The photo can be found below, and the video can be viewed at www.lapdonline.org
Panorama City: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Detectives (VTD) are asking for the public’s assistance as they investigate a fatal hit-and-run traffic collision that killed a woman.
On January 19, 2024, around 6:05 p.m., a fatal hit-and-run traffic collision occurred on Roscoe Boulevard and Wakefield Avenue. The suspect vehicle, described as a lowered black pickup truck, was traveling westbound on Roscoe Boulevard when it collided with a pedestrian that was walking northbound on Wakefield Avenue in an unmarked crosswalk. The pedestrian was thrown in a westbound direction, colliding with the roadway on Roscoe Boulevard west of Wakefield Avenue. The suspect vehicle continued westbound on Roscoe Boulevard and turned northbound on Lennox Avenue without stopping to identify themselves or render aid as required by law.
Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the female pedestrian to a local hospital where she died as a result of her injuries. The pedestrian was described as a Hispanic female that was approximately 60-years-old. Her name is being withheld pending identification and notification of next of kin by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
VTD Detectives are urging anyone that may have witnessed the collision to come forward with any information regarding this fatal hit and run.
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.
Pedestrians are reminded to use caution when crossing the street and to always look both ways before proceeding as vehicles may or may not see people crossing the street, especially in hours of darkness.
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 Valley Traffic Division Detective Otrosina at (818) 644-8036 or Officer Krueger at (818) 644-8020. 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.