Police Monday sought the public’s help in identifying the driver who left the scene of a crash that sent one vehicle into a building, killing a 30-year-old motorist in the Pico-Robertson area of Los Angeles in a possible case of street racing or road rage.
Paramedics sent to the 8900 block of Pico Boulevard, between Robertson Boulevard and Doheny Drive, about 5:55 a.m. on Aug. 29 pronounced the driver dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
He was identified by the coroner’s office as Ernest William Jordan of Compton.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Jordan was in a dark blue Infiniti Q70L, headed west at a high rate of speed.
“A second vehicle, described as a gray SUV, was also traveling westbound on Pico Boulevard at a high rate of speed,” police said.
Jordan lost control of the Infiniti and crashed into a building at the northwest corner of Pico Boulevard and Crest Drive.
“The driver of the gray SUV did not stop, render aid and identify him/herself as required by law,” according to a police statement. “The case is under investigation, and it has not been determined if the collision was related to street racing or a road rage incident.”
Jordan was pronounced dead at the scene. He was alone in the vehicle, which ended up nearly flattened as a result of the crash.
The Los Angeles City Council has approved rewards of up to $50,000 for information leading to the identification, apprehension and conviction of hit-and-run drivers.
Anyone with information about the crash or the name of the driver who left the scene was urged to call the LAPD’s West Traffic Division at 213-473-0234 to speak with Detective Sasaki.
After-hours, calls should be directed to 877-LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or lacrimestoppers.org.
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