One Year Later, Loved Ones Gather to Remember Hit-and-Run Victim

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One year to the day since Daniel Ortiz was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Norwalk, friends and family members held a vigil Sunday at the site of the collision.

On Feb. 9, 2013, Ortiz was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the intersection of Studebaker and Foster roads, carrying his skateboard. The impact was reportedly so forceful that Ortiz’s shoes came off.

Shortly after the incident, relatives were confident that the driver would quickly be brought to justice.

Twelve months later, no arrest has been made in the case, in which a $25,000 reward has been offered.

“It looked like they had found a piece of the headlight, with the numbers on it,” said the victim’s father, Daniel Ortiz Sr. “They got the make of the car, the year of the car. But [the case] just went dead.”

The Ortiz family continues to ask for help in finding the driver, who was last seen in a dark blue metallic Nissan Titan pickup truck, model year 2003 to 2006.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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