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News Release

Sunday, December 6, 2020

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Severe Injury Hit and Run Traffic Collision NR20307dm

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for the Hit and Run traffic collision that severely injured an 82-year-old man.

On December 4, 2020, around 10:35 a.m., the victim was seated on his travel scooter, crossing north on Mott Street at Whittier Boulevard, in a marked crosswalk. Prior to reaching the north curb, a 2016 to 2020, Silver or Gray Mazda CX-5 turned left onto east Whittier Boulevard from south Mott Street and collided with the victim. The victim was knocked off his travel scooter onto the asphalt. The male suspect driver of the Mazda CX-5 continued east on Whittier Boulevard, dragging the travel scooter, then made a right turn, south onto Orme Avenue where he stopped. A citizen in the area approached and assisted in dislodging the scooter from underneath the Mazda, unaware of the collision. After the scooter was dislodged, the suspect re-entered the Mazda and fled south on Orme Avenue, failing to stop and render aid and identify himself. The suspect's vehicle is likely to have front end damage.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital. He is listed in critical but stable condition.

Drivers are reminded to drive at a safe speed and if you become involved in a collision, you should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify yourself.

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 $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.

(Suspect Vehicle)

Detectives were able to obtain a video of the Mazda CX-5 as it drove away from the scene. The video will be posted on social media accounts including Central Traffic's Twitter account, "@LAPDCTD24," Instagram account, "lapd_ctd_24" and YouTube "LAPD Central Traffic."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer G. Diaz, 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 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. 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 online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.