Los Angeles Police Department West Traffic Division investigators hope security camera footage of two vehicles will help them identify a driver responsible for hitting and killing a man in an east Hollywood alley in September.
The case has grown cold and investigators have few leads, Officer Randy Yoshioka said.
The victim, who is believed to have been homeless, was struck and killed by a vehicle on Sept. 27 in an alley that runs north/south just west of Vermont Avenue between Beverly Boulevard and Council Street. Officers from the Olympic Division received a report at 11 p.m. that there was a person lying in the alley. Paramedics took the victim to a hospital where he died. The Los Angeles County Office of Medical Examiner-Coroner identified the victim as Destin Moore.
The death was initially thought to be a murder and the case was assigned to LAPD homicide investigators. The coroner’s office later ruled the victim sustained injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle, and the case was transferred less than a month ago to the West Traffic Division. Yoshioka said he has been searching for clues ever since to no avail and hopes the public will provide a tip. A $50,000 reward is available for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
“It’s been in my hands for a short period of time. We are hoping someone has information that will help solve this case,” Yoshioka said.
Yoshioka said security cameras captured footage of two vehicles passing through the alley around the same time the victim is believed to have been struck. One is a Chrysler PT Cruiser that was heading north through the alley before exiting on Beverly Boulevard. The other vehicle is a Toyota Corolla heading south through the alley. The camera footage does not show the victim being struck, but Yoshioka said it has been determined that the two vehicles are the only ones that could have been involved.
Because there is an apartment building adjacent to the alley, Yoshioka surmises that the vehicles may belong to a resident or guest who may have information about who was behind the wheel. It is also a busy neighborhood where someone may have seen the vehicles leaving, he said.
Anyone with information is urged to call Yoshioka at (213)473-0234. During weekends and off-hours, call the LAPD’s 24-hour hotline at (877)LAPD247.
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