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News Release

Friday, March 10, 2006

Media Relations

Taxi Cab Fails to Stop After Striking Man in Wheelchair

Los Angeles: The police department is seeking the public's help in identifying the driver of a car that killed a man in wheelchair last night.

On Thursday, March 9, 2006, at about 8:45 p.m., LAPD traffic officers responded to a fatal hit and run traffic collision at Adams Blvd and Palm Grove Avenue.

According to witnesses, Jose Laboy, a 34-year-old, Hispanic man in a wheelchair was crossing Adams Boulevard near Palm Grove Avenue, when he was hit and thrown out of his wheelchair by a car going eastbound on Adams Boulevard.

The suspect made no effort to stop. The suspect is described as a man with dark complexion who was driving a taxicab. The taxicab was described as a mid 90’s Ford possibly a Crown Victoria green and white in color.

Mr. Laboy was taken to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact South Traffic Detective Section at 323-290-6063. On weekends and during off-hours call South Traffic Division Watch Commander at 323-485-7336, or the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFUL.