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June 15, 1997 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eusevio Alvarez had one simple heart-wrenching question Saturday: Who could run down his 4-year-old nephew and flee the scene without stopping, killing the child after dragging him under a car more than 250 feet? There were no easy answers as police looked for the hit-and-run motorist who killed Ricky Ramirez after he stepped off the curb Friday evening along a busy Hollywood street.
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February 14, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles police are drafting plans for a proposed program that would offer Angelenos rewards of up to $50,000 for information that helps arrest and convict hit-and-run drivers. Los Angeles has “the distinction of being the hit-and-run capital of the country,” City Councilman Joe Buscaino said at a meeting of the Public Safety Committee on Friday morning. Offering a reward would increase the incentive for witnesses to come forward, ultimately “bringing these cowards to justice.” Last year, Los Angeles had more than 21,000 hit-and-run crimes, including more than 1,200 injuries and 41 deaths, L.A. Police Cmdr.
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February 2, 1998
Re "Pity the Pedestrian," editorial, Jan. 24: On a rainy Friday night recently, I headed home at about 9:15. I have a short commute over surface streets. Lying in the middle of one of those dark streets was what at first looked to be a roll of carpet. But as I slowed and drove by, the carpet turned out to be wearing shoes. I don't know how long I crouched in the rain, laying hands on this man who was bleeding and wheezing for air, in an effort to comfort him while we awaited the ambulance.
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December 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
An Oxnard police officer on bicycle patrol sustained minor injuries after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, authorities said Monday night. The officer, who was patrolling with a partner, was rear-ended by the driver about 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of South H Street, the Oxnard Police Department said. The driver fled south on H Street and then was seen headed west on 2nd Street, police said. The car was described as a green late-1990s Hyundai or similar four-door vehicle and was damaged in front.
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August 18, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
A hit-and-run driver struck and killed a 35-year-old pedestrian as he walked across the street in Studio City on Saturday night, police said. The victim, a Santa Monica man whose name has not been released, was walking northbound across Ventura Boulevard at Fairway Avenue about 11:45 p.m. when he was struck by a white Mercedes driving east, police said.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mercedes sped away and police were still searching for the suspect Sunday morning, said Officer Bill McConnell of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
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September 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A pedestrian who may have stumbled into traffic early Friday morning was killed in a hit-and-run in Hollywood, police said.  Someone driving eastbound on Santa Monica Boulevard near Highland Avenue struck the pedestrian about 3:10 a.m. and fled the scene, said Daniel Veliz of the Los Angeles Police Department. Veliz said the pedestrian was standing on the sidewalk with a group of people near a bus stop and "according to some witnesses, possibly stumbled back onto the roadway and was struck by the vehicle.
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December 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
An Oxnard police officer on bicycle patrol sustained minor injuries after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, authorities said Monday night. The officer, who was patrolling with a partner, was rear-ended by the driver about 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of South H Street, the Oxnard Police Department said. The driver fled south on H Street and then was seen headed west on 2nd Street, police said. The car was described as a green late-1990s Hyundai or similar four-door vehicle and was damaged in front.
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February 14, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles police are drafting plans for a proposed program that would offer Angelenos rewards of up to $50,000 for information that helps arrest and convict hit-and-run drivers. Los Angeles has “the distinction of being the hit-and-run capital of the country,” City Councilman Joe Buscaino said at a meeting of the Public Safety Committee on Friday morning. Offering a reward would increase the incentive for witnesses to come forward, ultimately “bringing these cowards to justice.” Last year, Los Angeles had more than 21,000 hit-and-run crimes, including more than 1,200 injuries and 41 deaths, L.A. Police Cmdr.
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August 23, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Santa Ana police are searching for the driver in a fatal hit-and-run that left two men dead Friday morning. The suspect was driving a black Audi when he ran a stop sign at Cabrillo Park Drive and East Fruit Street and struck the victims' Nissan, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department. The collision occurred shortly before 11 a.m. After exiting his car, the suspect attempted to open the passenger and driver door of the Nissan. When the doors wouldn't open, he walked away from the crash, talking on his cellphone, and went into a nearby condominium.
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October 30, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Police are searching for a suspected hit-and-run driver Wednesday after a early-morning bicyclist was struck and killed in Anaheim. The male cyclist, who has not been identified, was hit by two cars about 5:40 a.m. on Orangethorpe Avenue, east of Lemon Street, said Lt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department. The first car sped off, the driver of the second -- who apparently did not seen the man's body in the roadway -- stopped and called authorities. When officers arrived, the bicyclist was pinned underneath a green Nissan Sentra.  Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
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November 29, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 15-year-old riding his bicycle in Long Beach is in critical condition after he was struck by a driver who fled the scene, authorities said. The teenager was riding his bicycle westbound on 61st Street about 4:55 p.m. Thursday when he rode through a stop sign and was hit by a car going northbound on Linden Avenue, said Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton. The driver of the car fled the scene and remains at large. Police are asking anyone with information to call (562) 570-7355.
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October 31, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Anaheim investigators said they have identified a driver they suspect struck a 19-year-old bicyclist in a fatal hit-and-run earlier this week. The driver has not been arrested or charged, said Lt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department, in a statement. "Additional investigation, including the examination of evidence and the collision scene, will be necessary to determine if investigators will be seeking charges," Dunn said. Manuel Morales Rodriguez, 19, of Fullerton, was hit by at least two cars about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday on Orangethorpe Avenue, east of Lemon Street.
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September 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A pedestrian who may have stumbled into traffic early Friday morning was killed in a hit-and-run in Hollywood, police said.  Someone driving eastbound on Santa Monica Boulevard near Highland Avenue struck the pedestrian about 3:10 a.m. and fled the scene, said Daniel Veliz of the Los Angeles Police Department. Veliz said the pedestrian was standing on the sidewalk with a group of people near a bus stop and "according to some witnesses, possibly stumbled back onto the roadway and was struck by the vehicle.
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August 26, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
The suspected driver in a Santa Ana hit-and-run collision that left two men dead Friday has surrendered to police. Jorge Ocampo, 21, was flanked by family when he surrendered at the Santa Ana Police Department early Saturday after allegedly crashing into a Nissan the previous day after running through a stop sign, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.  Police believe he blew through a stop sign at Cabrillo Park Drive and East Fruit Street around 11 a.m., colliding with the Nissan and killing Alejandro Bravo, 53, and Jose Luna, 50.  After getting out of his own car, Ocampo attempted to open the Nissan's doors, Bertagna said.
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August 23, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Santa Ana police are searching for the driver in a fatal hit-and-run that left two men dead Friday morning. The suspect was driving a black Audi when he ran a stop sign at Cabrillo Park Drive and East Fruit Street and struck the victims' Nissan, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department. The collision occurred shortly before 11 a.m. After exiting his car, the suspect attempted to open the passenger and driver door of the Nissan. When the doors wouldn't open, he walked away from the crash, talking on his cellphone, and went into a nearby condominium.
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August 18, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
A hit-and-run driver struck and killed a 35-year-old pedestrian as he walked across the street in Studio City on Saturday night, police said. The victim, a Santa Monica man whose name has not been released, was walking northbound across Ventura Boulevard at Fairway Avenue about 11:45 p.m. when he was struck by a white Mercedes driving east, police said.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mercedes sped away and police were still searching for the suspect Sunday morning, said Officer Bill McConnell of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
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February 27, 2000
Re "Next for This Driver, an Act of Conscience," Dana Parsons' Feb. 4 column: I generally agree with Parsons' point of view, and my knee-jerk reaction to his column on hit-and-run drivers was to agree wholeheartedly. What a dastardly act, to kill or injure a person, then speed away! But consider this scenario--and be honest with yourself. You are driving at night--sober, alert and obeying all traffic laws--when suddenly, from behind a parked car, a person steps in front of you. Before you can react, you have struck her. You look in your mirror and see the victim lying in a crosswalk with people rushing to her aid. You have no medical or trauma training, so how can you help?
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