Detectives renewed their appeal Wednesday for public help to find the hit-and-run driver responsible for fatally injuring a 72-year-old man who was struck by a vehicle while crossing a Diamond Bar street near his home on July 4.

Bruce Bodel was walking north on Penarth Avenue crossing Lycoming Street at about 10:30 p.m. on Independence Day when a vehicle going westbound on Lycoming struck him, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The driver fled without stopping to help Bodel, turning south on Lemon Avenue.

Bodel, who lived nearby, died of his injuries four days later, authorities said.

Rewards of $10,000 each were offered by the city of Diamond Bar and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved in the crime.

“This crime has devastated the Bodel family and the Diamond Bar community,” Supervisor Janice Hahn said following the fatal injury. “Someone out there has information about who did this and what happened, and I urge them to come forward. The Bodel family deserves answers and Bruce Bodel deserves justice.”

Surveillance video showed a possible silver or gray two-door sedan leaving the scene. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Detective David Timberlake at the Walnut/Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Station at 909-859-2817, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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