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Police seek driver in fatal hit and run in West Los Angeles

March 20, 2011 |  1:59 pm

Police were searching Sunday for a driver believed to be involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed a motorcyclist in West Los Angeles on Saturday.

Officers responding to a traffic collision call at Jefferson Boulevard and Mesmer Avenue at 3:05 p.m. Saturday found a man unresponsive on the ground near a fallen motorcycle, according to a police statement.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the statement. His name had not been released by the coroner's office Sunday.

Investigators believe a driver traveling westbound on Jefferson in a 2007 BMW attempted to turn southbound onto Mesmer and struck Guerra on his 2007 R1 motorcycle, according to the statement. The driver failed to stop to help Guerra or identify himself, the statement said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at (213) 473-0228, or Crimestoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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