LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a $50,000 reward motion to help assist police with solving a fatal hit and run case in Koreatown, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced today.
Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) say 45-year-old Javier Hernandez and two other people were waiting at a bus stop at the northeast corner of Beverly Boulevard and Normandie Avenue in Koreatown on July 28, 2014 at approximately 6:40 a.m.
Police have identified the driver as Fredy Mendez, who is 5’5”, 185 pounds, and approximately 39 years old. Investigators say a driver had run a red light and was struck by a vehicle heading northbound on Normandie, which caused Mendez to run off the road, and strike two pedestrians at the bus stop. Mendez fled the scene on foot without identifying himself or rendering aid. Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other two victims were critically injured and taken to the hospital.
“To think a driver would knowingly leave an injured or dying person in the street is unconscionable - and we are better than this as a society,” said O’Farrell, who represents the area of Koreatown where the crime took place. “I want to thank my Council colleagues for approving this reward motion, as well as our local media for raising awareness, and bringing justice and closure to Javier’s family.”
O’Farrell was joined in the Council chamber on Wednesday morning by the lead detective on this case, Martha Dominguez, as well as the family of Javier Hernandez.
If you have any information that could help detectives, please call the LAPD West Traffic Division E (213) 473-0234 or lapdonline.org.
A link to the motion can be found here.