Los Angeles Offers $50,000 Reward in Deadly Hit-and-Run Case That Killed 18-Year-Old

The victim, David Alexander Granados, was fatally struck by a Mercedes SUV days after his 18th birthday, relatives said.

By Brandon Lowrey and Samantha Tata
|  Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013  |  Updated 12:38 PM PDT
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More than a month after 18-year-old David Granados was killed by a hit-and-run driver, his family is asking the Los Angeles City Council to approve a $50,000 reward to encourage witnesses to come forward. Authorities are looking for an older male who was driving an older model grey or silver Mercedes Benz M-class SUV. Tena Ezzeddine reports from Valley Glen for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on April 28, 2013.

More than a month after 18-year-old David Granados was killed by a hit-and-run driver, his family is asking the Los Angeles City Council to approve a $50,000 reward to encourage witnesses to come forward. Authorities are looking for an older male who was driving an older model grey or silver Mercedes Benz M-class SUV. Tena Ezzeddine reports from Valley Glen for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on April 28, 2013.

The city of Los Angeles is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver who struck and killed a bicyclist in Valley Glen in March.

The City Council approved the reward at its Tuesday meeting.

About 6:30 p.m. on March 24, David Alexander Granados, 18, was riding his bicycle on Bellaire Avenue near Oxnard Street. A car ran a red light on Oxnard and struck Granados. The driver did not stop to render aid, according to a statement from City Councilman Paul Krekorian.

Granados died at a hospital the next day. Family members said the crash happened days after Granados' 18th birthday.

Authorities were looking for the driver of what appears to be a grey or silver Mercedes Benz M-class SUV, model year 2000 to 2004. The driver -- caught on surveillance video, embedded below -- may be an older male, authorities said. A passenger is believed to have been in the SUV.

Anyone with information about the fatal crash is asked to call LAPD Valley Traffic Division detectives at (818) 644-8063, 1-877-LAPD-24-7, or anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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