The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday renewed a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a hit-and-run motorist who killed a 61-year-old homeless man in the unincorporated community of Florence-Firestone.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended extending the reward, set to expire Sunday, hoping to draw out potential witnesses.
James Haley was walking south on Firestone Boulevard crossing Holmes Avenue in a marked crosswalk about 2 a.m. on July 14 when the driver of a 2017 white Dodge Charger headed east struck and fatally injured him.
The car was found later that day, a short distance away in the 1800 block of East 87th Street, one block south of Firestone Boulevard, with damage to the windshield and hood and physical evidence that it had struck a pedestrian, police said.
California Highway Patrol officers found 55-year-old Julio Santamaria walking in the area and arrested him, alleging that he had been driving drunk at the time of the crash. Santamaria was released from jail three days later after the District Attorney’s Office asked for further investigation, according to sheriff’s online jail records and a District Attorney’s Office spokesman.
Ridley-Thomas said Haley was homeless at the time he died and is survived by his son, Jason. The supervisor urged anyone with additional information to call California Highway Patrol Detective Donald Smulski at (310) 516-3355.
Anonymous calls may also be made to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or at www.lacrimestoppers.org.
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