Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a fatal hit and run collision.
On December 10, 2018, at approximately 3:40 a.m., a fatal Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Hit and Run Traffic Collision occurred on Vernon Avenue between Crocker Street and Towne Avenue in Newton Area.
The collision occurred when the victim, identified as Ana Tica, 33 years old, was walking westbound in the number one lane of Vernon Avenue just west of Towne Avenue. She was still in the number one lane when she was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on Vernon Avenue. The vehicle stopped briefly then fled southbound on San Pedro Street from Vernon Avenue.
Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to the scene and administered medical attention to the victim. Despite lifesaving efforts, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Video footage from a camera from a nearby business captured the hit and run vehicle just before the collision. A second video camera captured Ms. Tica's body coming to rest in the roadway as the suspect vehicle fled the scene.
The hit and run vehicle is described as a possible gray early 1990's Dodger Caravan or similar vehicle body type mini-van, with damage to the left front area. There was no driver description.
The video also captured a possible 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer or similar body type, with black door handles, drive into the video frame when the collision occurred. That same possible vehicle returned to the scene after the collision and drove away after a few minutes. Detectives would like to interview the occupants of that vehicle to assist us in identifying the hit and run vehicle and driver.
The investigation is being handled by detectives from Central Traffic Division. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713, or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 486-3713. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.