Police seek leads in hit-and-runs

DOWNEY - Police are asking the public's help to identify a hit-and-run driver who critically injured a motorcyclist earlier this month.A motorcycle was traveling east on Imperial Highway on June 6 at 11:14 p.m. when a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser ran a red light at Lakewood Boulevard and collided into the motorcycle, authorities said. The PT Cruiser fled south on Lakewood immediately after the collision, detectives with the Downey Police Department said. The rider on the motorcycle suffered a serious injury to his leg and was transported to St. Francis Medical Center. In a separate case, investigators are still searching for the driver of a white SUV that fatally struck a pedestrian as he crossed Woodruff Avenue on May 20. In that case, the 59-year-old victim was struck by the SUV as it traveled north on Woodruff just south of Firestone Boulevard at about 10:25 p.m. The SUV fled the scene and the victim was pronounced dead. A $10,000 reward is being offered in that case. Anyone with information on either hit-and-run is asked to call Detective Jeff Griffin at (562) 904-2339 or Sgt. Dan Murray at (562) 904-2342.

********** Published: June 30, 2011 - Volume 11 - Issue 10