A 33-year-old man was killed on May 8 after he was struck by a vehicle on Melrose Avenue near Edgemont Street, police said.
The victim was walking in the street when he was struck at approximately 5:20 a.m. by a black car traveling eastbound on Melrose Avenue, said Detective Calvin DeHesa, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division. The impact caused the victim’s body to be thrown into a parked vehicle, he added. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Investigators located security cameras in the neighborhood that captured footage of the collision. It can be viewed by visiting youtube.com/channel/UCpniaXtESLMqns0sDJB-2rA. The car that struck the victim continued east on Melrose Avenue and turned right onto southbound Vermont Avenue, DeHesa said.
“He never stopped or braked. The driver hit him and just kept going,” DeHesa said. “It looks like it was a small, two- or four-door black sedan, with tinted windows. It will have front-end damage and windshield damage.”
DeHesa said the victim is believed to have been homeless. His identity was not released pending notification of next of kin. Investigators determined the victim left a nearby church minutes before he was struck, DeHesa said. Police hope someone can provide a tip that will help identify the driver.
The city of Los Angeles offers a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in hit-and-run cases. Anyone with information is urged to call DeHesa at (213)833-3713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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