A man has been declared dead after a hit-and-run collision early Sunday morning. Traveling southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard and north of Victory Boulevard in Van Nuys, the pedestrian was apparently walking outside of the crosswalk when he was struck.
The incident happened at approximately 4:10 a.m. on Sunday, and the coroner determined that the victim was a homeless man. He was identified as 49-year-old Enrique Aponte. His identity has only been released after notification has been given to his next of kin.
According to NBC Los Angeles, the man was left behind and dead early Sunday morning. The pedestrian was hit by a vehicle that left the scene before providing aid. Now, the LAPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible for Aponte’s death.
My News LA has relayed that the car which struck the victim was traveling southbound at the time of the incident.
Though the hit-and-run driver was legally required to stay behind at the scene and administer aid, this was not done. Los Angeles Police are now searching for the suspect. iHeart reports that police have no description of the suspect’s vehicle.
Additionally, a Jeep Wrangler was seen stopping on Sepulveda Boulevard, putting its headlights on and next to the victim. The LAPD is in search of this driver as well, in hopes of identifying them as a witness.
Paramedics arrived and then pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
Daily News says that officers are now canvassing the area, hoping to find any potential witnesses of the incident.
The LAPD wants to remind all drivers that “if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.”
In a statement, the LAPD said, “Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Officer Reyes or Officer Martinez at (818) 644-8114… 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 CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).”
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