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The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit- and-run driver who fatally struck a police officer’s mother in South Los Angeles.
The driver of a medium, light-colored car going north on Crenshaw Boulevard struck 57-year-old Diane Dupree at 9:40 p.m. Oct. 10 as she crossed Crenshaw at 63rd Street.
The driver did not stop. Dupree died at the scene.
Authorities said that based on video surveillance footage, the suspect’s car appeared to be a 1980s or 1990s Honda or Toyota.
The victim’s son, Los Angeles police Officer Dontae Phillips, told the council it was his “first time on the other side of the fence” after 12 years in law enforcement.
“This incident has affected my family in so many different ways,” Phillips said. “She wasn’t just a mom. She was a grandmother, she was an auntie, she was a sister, she was a wife, and whoever did this to my mom is still out there living life, just blending in with everyone else.”
Phillips said the driver likely talked to someone else about what happened, and he hopes the reward will motivate that person to come forward.
Anyone with information was urged to call the South Traffic Division at (323) 421-2577 or (323) 421-2500.
— City News Service