L.A. City Council OKs $50,000 reward in Pacoima hit-and-run case
Virginia Ramirez was on her way to 7 a.m. Mass at Mary Magdalene Church like she did every day when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Then the 79-year-old Pacoima grandmother was struck a second time by another vehicle, whose driver also took off.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the drivers in the fatal hit-and-run on March 17.
"Whoever the two drivers are who did this, they are still out there,'' said Homero Valencia, the 27-year-old great-nephew of Ramirez. "And they affected a lot of people."
Police say a man driving a red Nissan Frontier pickup was driving southbound on Glenoaks Boulevard at Mercer Street in Pacoima when he struck Ramirez, knocking her to the ground. He is described as male between 35 and 45 years old.
As she lay on the ground, Ramirez was hit a second time by a female between 25 and 35 driving a 1997 to 2001 Monte Carlo, police investigators said.
Councilman Richard Alarcon, who won unanimous approval for the reward, asked potential witnesses to come forward, calling it the right thing for the community. Capt. Ivan Minsal, commanding officer of the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division, echoed that sentiment.
"Somebody out there knows where this red truck is,'' he said.
-- Catherine Saillant
Image: Map shows approximate location of incident in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times / Mapping L.A.