Police arrested a suspect following a hit-and-run in Pacoima late Thursday left a man dead, authorities said.
The collision was reported about 8:15 p.m. at Glenoaks Bouelevard and Desmond Street, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jeff Lee said.
A man was crossing within an unmarked crosswalk when he was struck by a red or burgundy newer-model SUV, which was last seen getting onto the eastbound 118 Freeway, police officials said.
“Tragically, the pedestrian died here at scene,” LAPD Capt. Andrew Neiman said.
“A good Samaritan actually followed the vehicle and obtained a license plate,” the captain said. “At this time, we’re investigating a possible suspect and vehicle that may be involved in this incident.”
The possible suspect vehicle had damage consisted with the collision, Neiman added.
LAPD Capt. Marc Reyna announced via social media that the vehicle had been recovered, and a suspect arrested.
Traffic collisions are common, but it’s when a driver decides to flee without providing help or identifying themselves that a crime is committed, Neiman said.
“When you fail to do so, you turn a very simple collision, even if it’s tragic, into a felony,” he said.
The city offers a standing $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of drivers involved in hit-and-run collisions.
KTLA’s Matt Phillips contributed to this report.
For the 3rd time in just 24 hours, a pedestrian was killed while walking in the street. Two of those drivers are in jail on Felony charges for leaving the scene of an accident. Don’t turn an accident into a crime. Remain at scene and notify the proper authorities. #TrafficSafety pic.twitter.com/UTT11qjALb
— Commander Marc Reina (@LAPDMarcReina) February 7, 2020
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly described the freeway which the suspect vehicle was last seen on. The story has been updated.