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$50K Reward Offered After Brothers Killed in Highland Park Hit-Run Crash

Witnesses told police that the truck reached speeds of up to 80 mph before it struck the sedan and other parked cars.

The coroner Monday confirmed the names of two brothers killed in a hit-and-run crash in Highland Park, as police searched for the driver and his passenger who fled the scene after allegedly causing the crash.

The brothers were identified as Benigno Felix-Zuniga, 25, and Jesse Zuniga, 19, coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said.

The crash occurred at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday when a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck slammed into a white Ford Fusion sedan in the 700 block of North San Pascual Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The driver and his passenger in the truck were sought for alleged hit-and-run after fleeing from the scene, according to the LAPD.

Detectives tracked down the registered owners of the truck, but those registered owners did not display any signs of injures and were cleared, according to the LAPD.

Witnesses told police the truck reached speeds of up to 80 mph before it struck the sedan and other parked cars.

The track program at Highland Park's Franklin High School tweeted:

"It's with a heavy heart that we report that one of our former Panther track athletes passed away in a horrible hit and run car crash last night here in Highland Park. Jesse Felix Zuniga will be missed by his family, friends and the Panther community."

There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. Anyone with information regarding the suspected driver can contact 213-833-3713. Anyone who is helping the hide the driver is committing a felony, police said. Additionally, the public can leave an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or visiting la crime stoppers.

In addition, the family of the victims have set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.

If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe, you may do so here. Please note that GoFundMe takes a percentage of funds raised in platform and other fees.

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