Police released surveillance video Thursday in their effort to find a motorist who fled the scene after striking a 71-year-old pedestrian at a South Los Angeles gas station.
The collision occurred just before 11:30 a.m. June 28 at a Mobil gas station in the 200 block of West Slauson Avenue, leaving 71-year-old South Gate resident Fernando Valdivia severely injured, according to LAPD.
Valdivia was standing near a pump at the gas station when he was struck by a vehicle described as a red Chevrolet Silverardo extended cab pickup truck.
With Valdivia on the ground, the motorist got out of the vehicle momentarily while another person came to the victim’s side.
Within about 2 1/2 minutes, the driver then got back in the truck and drove away, the video shows.
He “left the scene without identifying himself or rendering aid to the victim, as mandated by law,” the Los Angeles Police Department stated in a news release.
Valdivia was left with a broken ankle, elbow and shoulder, his son said a few days after the incident.
"This is just wrong," Edwin Valdivia said. "If he knows he could get away with it, he could do it again."
The surveillance video shows the truck pulling into the gas station and stopping at an angle in front of one pump for about 12 seconds before the pickup moves forward and strikes Valdivia, running him over on the vehicle’s driver’s side.
The motorist gets out of the truck after several seconds and bends over Valdivia. He then climbs back into the truck and pulls away.
The vehicle was thought to be from model year 2000 and 2005, according to LAPD.
The driver was described as Hispanic man with black hair, between 30 and 40 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing about 170 pounds.
Anyone with information about this collision was asked to contact Central Traffic Division Detectives at 213-833-3713 or Detective Felix Padilla at 213-486-0753. During nonbusiness hours, calls should be directed to 877-527-3247.
Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to 274637, beginning the messge with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.