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$50,000 Reward Offered For Information On Fatal Hit-And-Run Van Nuys Crash

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A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of a suspect wanted for a fatal hit-and-run crash in Van Nuys.

On Sunday, June 13 just before 9 p.m., a silver sedan was traveling northbound on Hazeltine Avenue when it collided with a pedestrian crossing mid-block across Hazeltine Ave south of Gault Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

The driver of the sedan fled the scene without identifying themself or attempting to render aid to the pedestrian who sustained fatal injuries, according to investigators. 

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian in grave condition to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. 

The pedestrian was a male in his 30’s. His name will not be released until the next of kin is notified, according to the LAPD.

The hit and run vehicle is described as a silver sedan with severe damage to the front end of the vehicle and windshield area, detectives said.

This investigation is ongoing, no arrest has been made as of Monday morning. 

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. 

The investigation is ongoing, anyone who may have witnessed or have information regarding this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Officer Takishita at (818) 644-8116 or Officer Fredo at (818) 644-8037. 

During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 877-527-3247.  Those wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go directly here.

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Three Killed After Burbank Crash, Street Racing Suspected

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Three people were killed and two others were seriously injured after a Burbank crash late Tuesday evening, under investigation as a possible street racing incident.

On Aug. 3, at about 11:50 p.m., Burbank Police Department (BPD) officers responded to the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Andover Drive after receiving multiple reports of a traffic
collision with a vehicle on fire, according to Sgt. Emil Brimway, spokesperson for the department.

When police officers and paramedics arrived, they located three individuals, unconscious and not breathing, who had been ejected from a silver Volkswagen, Brimway said.

The three victims, two males and a female in their early twenties, had sustained serious injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

A fourth occupant of the Volkswagen had sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local trauma center for medical treatment.

Investigators located a second vehicle involved, a gray Kia, which was only occupied by a driver, who sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital, according to Brimway.

Officers identified a third vehicle involved, a black Mercedes Benz, occupied by two individuals. Neither occupant of the Mercedes Benz reported any injuries. The occupants of the Mercedes Benz were interviewed by investigators and released at the scene.

“The preliminary investigation has revealed that the Kia and Mercedes Benz were traveling
northbound on Glenoaks Boulevard at a high rate of speed for several blocks and appeared to
be racing,” Brimway said.

The Volkswagen was attempting to negotiate a left turn from southbound Glenoaks Boulevard to eastbound Andover Drive when the traffic collision occurred.

The identities of the victims have not been released as of Wednesday, pending next of kin notification.

This collision remains under investigation by Burbank Police Department Traffic Detectives.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has any information is asked to contact the
Burbank Police Traffic Bureau at (818) 238-3100.

Upon completion of this investigation, detectives will present the case to the Los Angeles
County District Attorney’s Office for criminal filing consideration.

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Man Killed After Falling Down Manhole In Panorama City Hit-And-Run Crash

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Detectives are investigating a Panorama City crash after a man was killed when a vehicle drove over a manhole cover, causing the person to fall.  

On Saturday, July 10, at about 10:25 a.m., a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was traveling westbound on Parthenia Street, when the truck drove over a manhole as a pedestrian underneath was attempting to open the cover, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

As the vehicle drove over the manhole cover it was pushed down on top of the pedestrian who fell back down the manhole, according to detectives. 

The driver of the white 2008-2012 Silverado continued driving westbound on Parthenia Street has not been identified, investigators said. 

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead on arrival, according to the LAPD.

The pedestrian was a male in his 20’s. His name will not be released until the next of kin is notified by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.

“The public is reminded that manholes are used for city services to access various maintenance tunnels that are located underground,” LAPD officials said. “Manhole covers should not be disturbed or moved due to their weight and could cause serious injury or death.”

On April 15, 2015, the L.A. 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, according to the LAPD.

The investigation is ongoing, anyone who may have witnessed or have information regarding this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Officer Takishita at (818)-644-8116 or Detective Buenaventura at (818) 644-8035. 

During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 877-527-3247. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit here.

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Wrong-Way 14 Freeway Crash Results In Big Rig ‘Fully Involved’ With Fire

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Multiple people were injured after a 14 Freeway crash, possibly caused by a wrong-way driver, that resulted in a big rig “fully involved” with fire Friday afternoon. 

The incident was reported at about 2:44 p.m. Friday near the northbound 14 Freeway at Crown Valley Road in Agua Dulce, according to Charisma Murillo, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

A full brush assignment was sent to the crash after the big rig fire spread to the surrounding area, Murillo said.

One person was trapped as a result of the collision and another was reported to have sustained burn injuries, according to Fire officials. 

A helicopter from L.A. County Fire Air Operations was requested to the scene, according to Murillo.

Two victims, one with critical burns, were airlifted to a local hospital, according to Jon Matheny, public information officer for the department.

Forward progress of the blaze was later stopped at about a quarter acre, according to Fire officials.

Initial reports from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) indicated a wrong-way driver was involved in the collision. 

A SigAlert was issued just before 3 p.m. for the closure of all lanes of the northbound 14 Freeway for an unknown duration, according to CHP logs.

The CHP updated the SigAlert at about 3:30 p.m. with an estimated duration of two hours for the northbound 14 Freeway closure.

Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available. 

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