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The Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000 reward Wednesday in an effort to track down a driver who fled after fatally striking a 58-year-old man in a marked crosswalk near USC.

Elias Aceves was hit by a black sedan at 9 p.m., March 10, while in a crosswalk at West 23rd Street and Portland Avenue, police said. The car was going northbound on 23rd Street.

The sedan’s driver failed to stop to render aid to Aceves, who was thrown about 50 feet and died at a hospital, according to Officer Ricardo Hernandez of the South Traffic Division.

A surveillance camera captured the collision, but authorities said they were unable to make out the license number of the vehicle, which could be a newer model BMW 5 series, a 2012 Hyundai Genesis or a newer model Mercedes- Benz, Hernandez said.

Aceves’s brother Andy urged the public to come forward with any information that could help the police “find the individual who brutally killed my brother.”

Aceves worked 35 years at the Santa Anita Race Track and other tracks in the area caring for horses, his brother said.

“My brother loved nature, he would rather be in the mountains,” he said.

On the day of his death, Aceves “was just doing his daily thing,” and after having worked “many years at the race track, he was just trying to enjoy life,” his brother said.

City News Service

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