Pickup Driver at Large in Deadly Hit-and-Run in Westlake; LAPD Releases Video of Suspect Vehicle

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The driver in a hit-and-run crash in Westlake that killed a pedestrian early Tuesday morning remained at large as authorities released video of the crash hours later.
Leonides Rivas, 30, is seen in a photo his cousin provided to KTLA.
Leonides Rivas, 30, is seen in a photo his cousin provided to KTLA.
The victim had parked his Nissan Xterra SUV on a westside curb of South Bonnie Brae Street near West Sixth Street earlier that morning and walked across the street to get a hot beverage when he was struck by a passing vehicle, according to Los Angeles Police Department Detective Felix Padilla. He was later identified by police as Leonides Rivas, 30. Rivas leaves behind a wife, his family said. Though neighbors had earlier told KTLA the couple has two small children, relatives said that is not the case. The family said Rivas was heading to his job as a construction worker and stopped to get a bite to eat, like he usually does, when he was fatally struck. LAPD Detective Calvin Dehesa said Rivas was walking toward vendors crowded along the other side of the street at the time of the crash. He had stopped in the middle of the street to wait for another vehicle to pass when the suspect vehicle hit him from behind, according to Padilla. The vehicle then fled down Bonnie Brae, running a red light at the intersection with Wilshire Boulevard, Dehesa said. Officers were called to the scene about 6:19 a.m. and Rivas was transported to a nearby hospital, LAPD officials said. He suffered multiple blunt force trauma injuries and was rushed by ambulance to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, police. Rivas was pronounced dead shortly after arriving to the hospital. The suspected hit-and-run vehicle has been described by police as a white pickup truck with a black truck bed liner that’s believed to be possibly a 2000 to 2005 model. Dehesa said there’s possibly front end damage to the truck that would be located on the driver’s side, with the grill also damaged since police found pieces of it at the scene. The driver is described as a Hispanic man between 30 to 35 years old who has dark hair that’s been combed back. Surveillance released by LAPD shows the vehicle and the crash itself can been seen in at least one clip, which is graphic. No other details have been released by LAPD. KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this report.

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