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Bicyclist Killed in Hollywood Hit and Run; Up to $50K Reward for Info

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HOLLYWOOD — The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a fatal hit and run that killed a 49-year-old female bicyclist.

On October 25, 2019, around 2:23 a.m., a female bicyclist was riding her bicycle northbound on Orange Drive when she was struck by a four-door silver sedan traveling northbound Orange Drive, north of Hollywood Boulevard. The driver did not stop or render aid to the bicyclist as required by law.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the bicyclist dead at scene. The name of the bicyclists is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact West Traffic Detectives at (213) 473-0234. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Woman Charged With Fatal Hit-and-Run of Friend on Martel

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LOS ANGELES — A woman has been charged with running over a friend and then fleeing the scene last month in Hollywood, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Samantha Cunha of Pearl Beach, Fla., faces one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death.

Arraignment is scheduled today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Case BA485173 was filed yesterday.

On January 20, Cunha was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her friend Sofia Fari Ardalan, 27, when they reportedly got into an argument with a motorcyclist, prosecutors said. Ardalan pulled into her apartment driveway and both women exited the vehicle to argue with the man.

When Cunha allegedly returned to the passenger side of the car, the vehicle began rolling, knocking Ardalan down. The driver attempted to enter the driver’s seat of the moving vehicle as the vehicle collided with the curb and a tree.  The driver was knocked down, became trapped under the Mercedes and succumbed to her injuries. The defendant then allegedly moved the gear shift, causing the car to run over Ardalan.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the location and pronounced the victim dead at scene.  

Samantha Cunha was booked for felony hit and run, California Vehicle Code – 20001(a).  Her bail amount was initially set at $50,000.00. 

Cunha is charged with then fleeing from the scene, prosecutors added.

If convicted as charged, Cunha faces a possible maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, West Traffic Division.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

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Steve Harvey’s Daughter Cited for Hit and Run in Bev Hills

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Lori Harvey Cited for Hit and Run, Released On-Site

BEVERLY HILS (TMZ) — Lori Harvey — Steve Harvey‘s daughter — allegedly smashed into another car and attempted to flee the scene, but cops nabbed her.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Lori was cited Sunday night for misdemeanor hit and run and delaying a police investigation in Bev Hills. Our sources say witnesses told responding officers they saw Lori texting and driving when she slammed into a Prius and tipped over her Mercedes G-Wagon on its side. Doesn’t sound like anyone was injured.

We’re told cops quickly showed up on the scene, and found Lori a short distance away … walking down the street. Our sources say she even FaceTimed her dad, Steve, at one point while dealing with officers.

We’re told Lori was not taken into custody — she got a ticket for the offenses and was free to go. Cops say alcohol was not a factor.

Hours earlier, Lori posted videos at Nobu in Malibu. All of this, of course, follows rumors that she and Diddy recently split, after folks noticed she stopped following him on IG.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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Pedestrian Dead in Hit and Run, Reward Offered for Driver ID

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LOS ANGELES — Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the driver involved when their vehicle hit and killed a man in a fatal traffic collision.

It happened around 3:00 a.m. on Friday, October 18 at the intersection of Highland and Willoughby. A white late model Mercedes C300, or a similar vehicle, was traveling northbound on Highland Avenue when it collided with a pedestrian crossing westbound from the southeast corner of Highland Avenue Willoughby.

The pedestrian, a 29-year-old male, died at the scene. The deceased has been positively identified by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. His name has not been released pending family notifications.

The driver fled the scene, failing to identify himself, without stopping or rendering aid as required by law. Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension and conviction or a resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact West Traffic Division Detectives, at (213) 473-0234 or (213) 473-0222. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact CrimeStoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”

Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

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