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News Release

Monday, July 20, 2020

Media Relations

Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision NR20173ll

South Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are investigating a hit and run traffic collision that resulted in the death of 49-year-old man.

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, around 10:25 p.m., a hit and run traffic collision occurred on Vernon Avenue just east of Wall Street. The collision involved a pedestrian who was in the No. 1 lane of westbound Vernon Avenue and was struck by a light-colored SUV. The pedestrian was launched into the eastbound No. 1 lane of Vernon Avenue and then struck by another vehicle described as a light colored 2011-2015 Dodge Charger. Both drivers of the vehicles failed to stop, identify themselves, or render aid.

Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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 City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund in April 2015. 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 Detective Dehesa, Central Traffic Division at (213) 833-3713 or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 486-3713.. 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 the LA 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 onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.