Authorities Tuesday are hoping that a $25,000 reward, along with the release of video footage and a composite drawing, will generate tips to help apprehend a driver wanted for a Sept. 4 hit-and-run collision that severely injured a 70-year-old woman in Chinatown.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a black sedan with dealer-issued plates struck the woman around 5 p.m. that day as she was crossing North Broadway at College Street.
Investigators said she was in the crosswalk and had the “walk” signal when she was struck by the car, believed to be a black 2003 to 2006 Mercedes-Benz C230, that made a left turn onto Broadway from College Street.
The victim, whose name was withheld, was catapulted into the air and landed on the street, suffering a brain bleed and broken neck, clavicle and pelvis that required her to be admitted into an intensive care unit, authorities said.
The driver stopped and got out of the car, then fled the scene without rendering aid or identifying himself, according to the LAPD.
Police Tuesday released security video that showed the woman being struck by the car, and that also showed the suspect walking up to her while others tended to her, and then leaving the scene.
Police also released a composite drawing of the wanted man, described as Black, between 35 and 40 years old, about 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds, with short blond braids, tattoos on his arm and the number “1” inked on the left side of his face.
At a news conference Tuesday morning at Blossom Plaza Quad at 900 N. Broadway, near where the woman was injured, her daughter urged the suspect to surrender.
“This person needs to turn themselves in,” the daughter, identified only as Ramona, said. “She is a grandmother, and now she is in the hospital and … we don’t even know that she’ll be able to move or walk. Please do the right thing, and turn yourself in.”
The victim’s teenage grandson, Anthony Ortega, also made a plea for information that leads to the driver’s arrest.
“Make a difference in this world… Please turn yourself in. My grandma could have died,” he said.
The reward was offered by the city of Los Angeles for help in solving the crime.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to contact Detective Jose De Leon of the LAPD’s Central Traffic Division at 213-833-3713, or Detective Juan Campos at 213-486-0755; or send an email to Campos at 31480@LAPD.Online. Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.