Studio City News
$50,000 Reward Offered For Fatal Hit-And-Run
By Melissa Simon
Sep 9, 2013 - 6:00:15 PM

STUDIO CITY/SHERMAN OAKS—On September 4 the Los Angeles City Council approved a reward of $50,000 for information that could lead to the arrest of a driver that struck and killed Michael Bonanomi on August 17.

The approval of the $50,000 reward comes one week after the council approved Councilman Tom LaBonge’s proposal of the same amount for leads on Ernesto Melendez’s killer.

Michael Bonanomi
“He was a loving son and made it his mission to bring us joy—and he brought us more joy than you could ever imagine,” said Eve Bonanomi, the victim’s mother.

Bonanomi, a 35-year-old web designer and musician from Studio City, was killed in a hit-and-run while crossing Ventura Boulevard around 11:40 p.m. A vehicle struck Melendez, 22, and a parking attendant nearly three hours later on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.

According to reports, Bonanomi died at the scene, while Melendez died 15 hours later at the hospital and the parking attendant was uninjured.

“Accidents happen,” said Councilman Paul Krekorian, who introduced the motion for the reward. “Tragic accidents happen but without rendering aid, without calling for an ambulance, without staying at the scene, this was no longer an accident—it was a crime," he added.

The vehicle that struck and killed Bonanomi is described as a white two-door 2008 to 2010 Mercedes Benz CL that was going east on Ventura Boulevard near Fairway Avenue. The vehicle has “dark wheel rims and black paper plates with the word Encino written in yellow” and should have “major front end damage and a shattered windshield,” according to Krekorian’s motion.

“We have to make crystal clear to anyone involved in something like this, if you leave the scene and refuse to take accountability, we will come after you,” Krekorian said.

Anyone with information should call Officer Fredo of the LAPD Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8021.

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