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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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.