UPDATE: A Juvenile, accompanied by family members, surrendered to LAPD Valley Traffic Division as being the driver in the collision. The Juvenile was interrogated and subsequently arrested for 602 WIC/20001(A)VC, Felony Hit and Run, with no Bail, and will be transported to Sylmar Juvenile Hall.
The Victim continues to be treated at a local hospital and is still listed in critical condition.
Granada Hills: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division 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 that severely injured two pedestrians.
On Friday, May 27, 2016, around 9:50 p.m., a dark colored compact vehicle collided with two pedestrians who were crossing Chatsworth Street, midblock, between Balboa Boulevard and Genesta Avenue. Immediately after the collision, the driver of the vehicle, described only as a male, yelled at the victims and simultaneously stuck out his left arm and made an obscene gesture with his hand. He fled the scene, westbound on Chatsworth Street, without stopping to render aid or identify himself. The vehicle is believed to have front end damage as a result of the collision.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported both victims to a local hospital. One of the pedestrians, a female victim in her 50s, suffered serious injuries and is listed in critical condition. The other pedestrian, a female teenager, suffered moderate injuries and is listed in good condition.
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 Valley Traffic Division Detective William Bustos at (818) 644-8021 or Officer Marie Tucker at (818) 644-8114. 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 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.