A 75-year-old man was fatally struck in a hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles late last month, and authorities are asking for the public’s help finding the driver responsible.

The crash occurred about 9:15 p.m. April 27 when the driver of a silver compact SUV was turning left onto Trinity Street from 41st Place in Historic South-Central.

The SUV plowed into who was walking across the street in an unmarked crosswalk, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The driver failed to stop or help the victim and continued north on Trinity Street, police said.

The victim was taken to a hospital, but was eventually pronounced dead. He was identified as Hector Castro Hirales, of Los Angeles.

Surveillance video released by police on Thursday shows the moments before the crash, and that the driver paused briefly after striking and dragging Hirales, but continued.

Hector Castro Hirales is seen in a photo shared by his granddaughter Vanessa Ashley Aranda on May 12, 2022.
Hector Castro Hirales is seen in a photo shared by his granddaughter Vanessa Ashley Aranda on May 12, 2022.

No further details about the crash were released Thursday. A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to the driver’s identification, arrest and conviction.

Anyone with additional information about the incident can contact Officer J. Mendoza, Central Traffic Detectives, at 213-833-3713, or email him at 32010@lapd.online, or contact the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-833-3746 during weekends and off-hours.

Hirales was on his way home from visiting friends at a park when the crash occurred, his granddaughter, Vanessa Ashley Aranda, told KTLA.

He had four children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who are under 4 years old, she said.

“He was soooo good with kids,” Aranda said. “He may have been 75 but he was as active as they come. Everyone in our neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhood loved him and knew him.”

Family members gathered at a makeshift memorial near the scene of the crash Friday. Some live just a block away.

“This senseless crime has broken our family, but has also just brought us together in a way of realizing that life is so short. In the blink of an eye, anything can happen,” Aranda said. “I want to believe in my heart that there is no person in this world that is so cruel and evil that can live with something like this. My heart tells me that this person is struggling also.”