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Thursday, December 17, 2020

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Pedestrian Killed in Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision NR20320dm

January 8, 2021

The victim of this fatal hit and run traffic collision has been identified as 46-year-old Lorena Ponce, a resident of Canoga Park.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a dark color 2018 Volkswagon Atlas crossover SUV.

Update Correction- Suspect Direction of Travel

Canoga Park: The Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division detectives are investigating a felony hit and run that occurred on Roscoe Boulevard and Lurline Avenue.

On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, around 5:00 a.m., a fatal traffic collision occurred on Roscoe Boulevard east of Lurline Avenue. A pedestrian was found laying on the street along the north curb of Roscoe Boulevard with injuries consistent with being hit by a vehicle. The investigation revealed that the female pedestrian was struck while on the roadway.

Valley Traffic Detectives are looking to identify a light-colored vehicle, tan or silver in color, possibly an older model Chevy Tahoe traveling westbound Roscoe Boulevard from Lurline Avenue at the time of the collision.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the female pedestrian dead. Victim was approximately 46 years-old and resident of Canoga Park. Her identity will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

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 Valley Traffic Division Officer Takishita at 818-644-8116. 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 should call the LA 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 LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.