70-year-old man killed in fatal Highland Park hit-and-run

HIGHLAND PARK — One person is being detained in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash this morning on Avenue 54 at York Boulevard, police said.

The victim, an approximately 70-year-old man, was walking in a marked crosswalk at about 5:50 a.m. when he was struck and dragged by a Chevy Trailblazer traveling south on Avenue 54, according to a statement issued by the LAPD Central Traffic Division. The pedestrian, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin, died after being transported to Huntington Memorial in Pasadena.

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The driver stopped and parked the vehicle nearby but then fled the scene without offering to help the victim.

Detectives found and detained a person of interest after looking for witnesses and surveillance cameras. The man was taken to Central Traffic Division for questioning, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Calvin Dehesa at (213) 486-0750 or Detective Felix Padilla at (213) 486-0753. 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).

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  1. What a sad thing. Glad that in this instance the police received some help from witnesses, and a suspect has been taken into custody.

  2. Does anyone know if it was a man with curly gray hair and a long gray beard? I see a man with this description always collecting cans early mornings.

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