Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) South Traffic detectives are investigating the circumstances of a severe injury hit-and-run traffic collision involving a pedestrian.
On Wednesday, October 11, 2023 around 12:50 a.m., a felony hit-and-run occurred at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Flower Street. The 38-year-old victim, Daniel Pineda Jr., a resident of Los Angeles, was crossing Flower Street from west to east when the suspect’s vehicle (Black Mercedes Benz 4-door sedan) struck Mr. Pineda. The driver (Male, Black or Hispanic) fled the scene southbound Flower Street without stopping, identifying himself, or rendering aid to Mr. Pineda in violation of law.
Paramedics with the Los Angeles Fire Department transported Mr. Pineda to a local hospital, where he remains in a coma and is in critical condition.
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.
The public is also reminded that as pedestrians, they should exercise caution when crossing streets, obey traffic lights, cross within marked crosswalks, and obey the rules of the road.
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 Gerald Chavarria, Serial No.37560, South Traffic Division Detectives at 213-924-3621. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to the South Traffic Watch Commander at 323-421-2577 or contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). You can also email the investigating Officer at email@example.com . 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. Tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.