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Van Nuys: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect responsible for a hit-and-run traffic accident that killed a man.

On March 31, 2022, at approximately 10:15 p.m., a traffic accident occurred near Victory Boulevard and Kester Avenue. A vehicle was traveling east on Victory Boulevard when it collided with a pedestrian on the roadway. The vehicle continued east without stopping or rescuing the seriously injured pedestrian, as required by law. Citizens attempted to rescue the injured pedestrian, but he refused, got up from the ground, and walked south down an alley from the location. Van Nuys area officers responded to the scene but could not locate anyone connected to the collision.

On April 1, 2022, at 6:45 a.m., officers in the Van Nuys area received a radio call from a male, unconscious or breathing, lying outside an apartment complex near Victory Boulevard and Nobel Avenue. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the pedestrian dead. He is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 50-55 years old, fitting the description of the male pedestrian involved in the collision the previous night.

Drivers are reminded that if they are involved in a collision, they should pull over and pull over 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 inside 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 members of the community who provide information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction or resolution of the offender through civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact the Valley Freeman Traffic Division Officer at (818) 644-8115 or Detective Fuentes at (818) 644-8020. After 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 LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers menu to submit an online tip. Finally, tipsters can also download the “P3 Tips” mobile app and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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