Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian.
On January 19, 2016, around 6:50 p.m., Central Traffic Division Officers were called to investigate a fatal hit and run traffic collision that occurred at the intersection of Avenue 26 and Artesian Street.
The investigation revealed that a 61-year-old female, a resident of Los Angeles, was walking southbound across Avenue 26 in an unmarked crosswalk when she was struck by a possible dark colored sports utility vehicle travelling westbound on Avenue 26.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene without identifying himself or rendering aid to the victim, a violation of 20001 (A) VC, Hit and Run.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the location and transported the victim to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries.
The identity of the pedestrian is being withheld pending notification of her next of kin.
The collision is under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time.
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 who 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 Central Traffic Division detectives, Detective Michael Kaden at (213) 486-0750. 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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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.