Severe Injury Hit and Run Traffic Collision in Northeast Area NR21122wc

May 1, 2021

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a hit and run suspect.

On Friday, April 30, 2021, around 7:35 a.m., a 78-year-old Korean male pedestrian crossed the roadway on Lexington Avenue at Vermont Avenue in a marked crosswalk. A possible 2010-2015 dark colored Mazda CX-7 traveling westbound on Lexington Avenue failed to stop for a red light and collided with the pedestrian. After the collision, the driver of the Mazda fled the scene without rendering aid and identifying themselves as required by law.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics transported the pedestrian to a local area hospital. The pedestrian was admitted for severe injuries and is in stable 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.

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 $25,000 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 is asked to please contact Detective Juan Mendoza, Central Traffic Detectives, at (213) 833-3713 or e-mail him at During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. 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 L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.