LOS ANGELES—Officials from the Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division are asking for the public’s help for information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect responsible for a hit-and-run collision that killed a 77-year-old man, of Los Angeles.
According to the LAPD Blog, on Thursday, January 10, around 5:15 p.m., a commercial charter bus was traveling through the intersection of Flower Street and 23rd Street. The bus was traveling southbound Flower Street at the time, when the driver struck the elderly man. After the collision, a witness saw a foot underneath the bus. As the bus was driving through the intersection of Flower Street and Adams Boulevard, the man was dislodged from underneath the bus. The witness attempted to get the driver’s attention, but was unable to as the bus was last seen on an onramp of the 110 Freeway.
Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Detectives were able to identify the tour company which is associated with the bus and have identified the bus along with the driver that was involved in the incident. The tour bus company is cooperating with the investigation. Detectives have located the bus and are holding it for evidence. Detectives plan to interview the bus driver as part of their investigation.
On April 15, 2015, the Los Angeles 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.
Drivers are informed that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, contact emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Moses Castillo (213) 486-0752. 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 can call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Tipsters may visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Tipsters may download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.