Authorities Thursday appealed for public help in finding the hit-and-run driver responsible for the death of a pedestrian in Chatsworth.

The 70-year-old man was hit about 5:30 a.m. Monday by a southbound vehicle on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, south of Santa Susana Pass Road, and died at the scene, said Detective Lisset Fuentes of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division.

Authorities withheld his name, pending notification of his relatives.

Investigators held a news conference Thursday morning at the crash scene to appeal for public help in solving the case.

Witnesses told police they saw a dark-colored vehicle stop at the scene and then leave, Fuentes said.

Detectives are unsure if that motorist was the suspect or a possible witness who came upon the site after the man was fatally injured, and investigators were hoping that the driver — or any other possible witnesses — will contact police, Fuentes said.

A standing reward of up to $50,000 is available from the city of Los Angeles for anyone who provides information leading to a hit-and-run suspect’s identification and conviction.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Detective Fuentes at 818-644-8021; the Valley Traffic Division watch commander at 818-644-8045; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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