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Hit-and-run driver sought in fatal Canoga Park crash

Authorities are seeking a driver who fled the scene of an accident that left a motorcyclist dead Saturday in the west San Fernando Valley.

The crash happened shortly before 1 p.m. at the intersection of Nordhoff Street and De Soto Avenue in Canoga Park. The motorcyclist was going southbound on De Soto, while the driver of a pickup truck was making a left turn from the northbound side, said Officer Officer William McConnell of the Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic division.

The truck driver may have run a red light, according to an officer interviewed at the scene by KTLA Channel 5. But McConnell told The Times that the department is not asserting that the pickup driver was at fault. Instead, he’s being sought because it’s against the law to flee from the scene of an accident.

Police describe that driver as a Latino man in his 30s with light complexion and a moustache, who was driving a 1999 or 2000 white Ford F-250 or F-350.

The crash impact threw the motorcyclist, a 25-year-old man from Porter Ranch, into a utility pole. The name of the victim, who was wearing a helmet, has not been released.

“He was sadly beyond our help and was declared deceased at the scene,” said Brian Humphrey, a Fire Department spokesman. “He had traumatic injuries to multiple parts of his body.”

Anyone with information can call the Valley Traffic division at 818-644-8000.

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