Reward offered in fatal Boyle Heights hit-and-run crash

Police are counting on a  $50,000 reward to help find the hit-and-run driver involved in a Boyle Heights collision that lead to the death of a 21-year-old motorcyclist.

Jesse Tellez was riding his motorcycle northbound on Boyle Avenue on the evening of July 28 when a car – described as a two-door, 2001 or 2002 Honda Accord – 2 turned left directly in front of him. A  City Council motion provides more details about what happened next:

Mr. Tellez attempted to avoid a collision with the Honda by laying his motorcycle down, but was unable to stop in time and collided with the passenger side of the Accord. The driver of the Accord did not remain on the scene of the collision, and instead drove to the comer of 8th and Soto streets, where he remained for a short time. The driver then fled without rendering aid or identifying himself. Mr. Tellez sustained extensive blunt force injuries as a result of the collision, and died the next day.

LAPD detectives, who have been able to identify any suspects, said they hope the reward will prompt people to come forward with information about the case.

Detectives and members of Tellez’ family are scheduled to appear at a press conference on Thursday to discuss the fatal collision.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division at (213) 972-1812.

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