Hit-and-run driver fatally strikes man trying to repair broken-down truck on street in Sylmar: LAPD

SYLMAR, Calif. (KABC) -- A man in his 50s was attempting to repair his broken-down truck on a street in Sylmar Monday morning when he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, authorities said.

The crash happened at about 7 a.m. in the 15700 block of Foothill Boulevard, where the victim's body was discovered more than 200 feet from his blue pickup, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The vehicle's hood was up.

The driver of a white four-door Chevrolet Cruze sedan fled the location, LAPD Detective Bill Bustos said.

The victim died at the scene. His name was not immediately released.

Investigators were able to determine the make and model of the suspect's car by examining pieces of it that remained at the crash site, according to Bustos.

"We anticipate that hit-and-run vehicle to have damage to the right front of the hood," the detective said. "We know that the windshield has been shattered."

The Cruze, model year 2011-to-2016, is also missing its right side-mirror, which was broken off by the impact, police said. Tinted window pieces from the car were also collected as evidence.

Anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a reward of up to $50,000, according to authorities.

Tips may be submitted, anonymously or otherwise, to the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division at (818) 644-8000.
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