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***UPDATE #2***

Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are announcing the arrest of Javier Garcia and are requesting the public's assistance in locating the hit and run vehicle and identifying witnesses that were with Garcia prior to the collision. The vehicle at large is described as a 2003-2006 Chevy Wrecker tow truck.

On August 11, 2021, around 9:55 p.m., a fatal hit and run traffic collision occurred at Broadway Avenue and 54th Street. Oswaldo Dominguez-Flores was struck by a 2003-2006 Chevy Wrecker Tow Truck. The driver of the tow truck briefly stopped before fleeing the scene without rendering aid or identifying himself.

Through the investigation, detectives identified Javier Garcia, also known as "Turtle" as the driver of the tow truck. On August 31, 2021, at 5:10 p.m., Garcia surrendered to detectives and was arrested for felony hit and run, 20001(a) of the California Vehicle Code. He was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center under booking number 6420296, and his bail was set at $80,000.00. Garcia has since bailed out. He is scheduled to be arraigned on December 30, 2021, at Clara S. Foltz Courthouse, in Department 30.

Javier Garcia declined to disclose the whereabouts of the tow truck. Detectives are seeking the public's assistance in locating the tow truck and witnesses. Additionally, Detectives want to speak with the other four tow truck driver's that were with Garcia prior to the collision at the gas station located at 243 West Slauson Avenue.

Video of the traffic collision and the other tow truck drivers are posted on the Central Traffic Division YouTube account, https://www.LAPD Central Traffic and Twitter account "@LAPDCTD24."

A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members that 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 Central Traffic Division investigator Juan Campos at (213) 833-3713 or email at 31480@lapd.online. 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 LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1 800 222 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.



Need to locate Hit and Run Vehicle 2003-2006 Chevy Wrecker Tow Truck



Need to identify other tow truck drivers that were with Javier Garcia before collision



Need to identify the driver of this tow truck



Tow Truck driver that was with Javier Garcia



Tow Truck driver that was with Javier Garcia





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***UPDATE***

Detectives have identified a person of interest in this case. The person is identified as Javier Garcia, also known by the moniker "Turtle," and is wanted for questioning. Javier Garcia is described as a 35-year-old Hispanic male standing at 5 feet 9 inches and weighing 215 pounds. Javier Garcia is possibly still working as a tow truck driver driving a white "Wrecker Tow Truck."


***Javier "Turtle" Garcia; Actual Person of Interest***

Detectives also want to speak with a second tow truck driver that was trailing behind Garcia's vehicle and made a westbound left turn onto 54th Street after possibly having witnessed the collision.
Video of the traffic collision and the second tow truck is posted on the Central Traffic Division YouTube account, "LAPD Central Traffic" and Twitter account "@LAPDCTD24."



Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision.

On August 11, 2021, around 9:55 p.m., a 40 to 50-year-old Hispanic man was crossing Broadway in a marked crosswalk at 54th Street. The pedestrian was walking against a "Don't Walk" signal. A light-colored "Wrecker Tow Truck" that was travelling northbound on Broadway collided into the pedestrian and dragged him 180-feet before he was dislodged. The driver of the tow truck stopped briefly but fled the scene without rendering aid or identifying themselves.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and declared the pedestrian dead. The name of the pedestrian is being withheld pending notification of next of kin by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.

Video of the traffic collision can be viewed on Central Traffic Division's Youtube account by visiting https://youtu.be/taFu53XKCC8 or by visiting LAPD Central Traffic's twitter account @LAPDCTD24

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 that 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 Central Traffic Division investigator Juan Campos at (213) 833-3713 or email at 31480@lapd.online. 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 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 L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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