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Severe Injury Hit and Run Traffic Collision

January 6, 2021

On January 4, 2021, around 9:20 p.m., a Central Traffic Division Lieutenant was at scene of a traffic collision at Florence Avenue and Avalon Boulevard. During the investigation, the Lieutenant saw a truck travelling on Florence Avenue and immediately recognized the truck as the same one that was involved in a hit and run traffic collision on December 19, 2020. The Lieutenant waved the driver down and directed the driver to pull over. The Lieutenant made contact with the driver and recognized that the driver was the same person who was captured in the video. The driver was arrested for 20001(a) Felony Hit and Run, of the California Vehicle Code.

The driver is identified as 26-year-old Jose Farias of Huntington Park. He was booked under Booking No. 6099081.

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for the hit and run traffic collision that severely injured an elderly woman.

On December 19, 2020, around 5:35 p.m., an elderly couple was crossing Soto Street at Cesar E. Chavez. They were walking towards the southwest corner of the intersection and were in a marked crosswalk. A white pick-up truck was traveling westbound on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and negotiated a southbound left turn onto Soto Street, striking the victim and knocking her onto the street. The driver did not stop to render aid, nor identify himself, and fled the scene southbound Soto Street.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where she was treated for severe injuries and then released a few days later.

Detectives have obtained video from a gas station that captured the driver prior to the collision. The truck is described as a white 1998 to 2004 Chevrolet S10 pick-up. It has an after-market light bar on top of the cab, blacked-out taillights, and has a distinct dent on the rear top corner of the driver's side of the cab. The bed of the truck contained a clutter of items that appear to match the video that captured the truck fleeing the scene after the collision.

The driver is described as a male, Hispanic, black hair, with a beard. He stands approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 175 pounds, and is between 20 to 30 years old. He was wearing a royal blue short-sleeve security uniform shirt, camouflage long sleeve undershirt, and black pants.

Drivers are reminded to drive at a safe speed and if you become involved in a collision, you should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify yourself.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

The videos obtained will be posted on LAPD Central Traffic Division's YouTube account, "LAPD Central Traffic"

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Juan Campos, Central Traffic Detectives, at 213-833-3713 or by e-mail at 31480@lapd.online, or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-833-3746. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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