LAPD Makes Pleas for Information into Fatal Hit-and-Runs

Hit-and-Runs are Too Commonplace for LAPD

The Los Angeles Police Department announced Tuesday reward money from City Council amounting to $150,000 for information into three unsolved hit-and-run cases.

The first happened November 8, 2008 - while crossing 47th Street at Central Avenue, 71-year-old Royce Miles was killed.  He was riding in his motorized wheelchair.  His daughter, Joyce, spoke to reporters.

"I can't sleep at night," she said, "He was a good father to me.  Please, for the love of God above, if you know anything call LAPD."

The second case in focus happened December 13, 2008 - Jorge Miranda Mota, 45, was crossing San Pedro Street at 27th Street when he was hit.

And on December 17th, 2008, while on her way to church, 75-year-old Eop Dong Yoo was killed trying to cross Westmoreland Avenue near Pico Boulevard.

They are three separate cases, but LAPD has one plea.

"It's important to the LAPD," said Capt. Ronald Marbury, "that we find these individuals because we're talking about real people, with real lives."

Investigators say hit-and-runs are actually down for 2009 but have been on the increase in recent weeks.  They say most often those behind the wheel are not in any trouble until they leave the scene.  Doing so is a crime.

Anyone with information into these three cases or other cases around the city are asked to call 1-877-LAPD-24-7.



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