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News Release

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Media Relations

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South Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a fatal hit and run that occurred at Avalon Boulevard and 81st Street. The hit and run collision resulted in the death of 47-year-old Mr. Rufino Miranda.

On December 4, 2019, around 9:20 p.m., a black Ford Fusion was traveling southbound on Avalon Boulevard when it struck Mr. Miranda as he was crossing the street. The force of the impact caused him to become lodged on top of the suspect's vehicle's hood and windshield area. The black vehicle continued southbound on Avalon Boulevard with Mr. Miranda still lodged on the hood of the vehicle for approximately 150 feet. The suspect aggressively pressed on the brakes forcing Mr. Miranda off the vehicle and onto the roadway. The suspect then fled southbound on Avalon Boulevard failing to stop and render aid to Mr. Miranda as required by law.

Mr. Miranda was transported by the Los Angeles Fire Department to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

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.

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 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 South Traffic Division Detectives, Detective Gonzales at (213) 842-3917 or Detective Flannery at (323) 421-2500. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (323) 421-2577 or 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 www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on, "Anonymous Web Tips" under the, "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the, "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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