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Fatal hit-and-run accident in South Los Angeles: LAPD and victim’s family hope new video and reward will lead to breakthrough in case

Fatal hit-and-run accident in South Los Angeles: LAPD and victim’s family hope new video and reward will lead to breakthrough in case
Fatal hit-and-run accident in South Los Angeles: LAPD and victim’s family hope new video and reward will lead to breakthrough in case

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A recently obtained new video from the Los Angeles Police Department shows a hit-and-run accident that occurred nearly a year ago.

On September 30, 2023, 43-year-old Kyesha Hardgraves was struck by a delivery truck around midnight as she attempted to cross the street near Normandie Avenue and 83rd Street. Investigators hope the new evidence will prompt someone to come forward with information.

“I know that a lot of times when it comes to pedestrian collisions, it’s not always the driver’s fault,” said LAPD Detective Ryan Moreno. “Sometimes people run into the road. There can be lighting issues, there can be a lot of different reasons why people get hit. But we want to talk to that person, that driver, to hear their side of the story.”

The victim’s daughter, Kaylesha Hardgraves, described her mother as very kind and generous. She says she just wanted her whole family to stay together and for her son to grow up with his grandmother. Now she just wants justice.

“Whoever has information about what happened,” Kaylesha Hardgraves said, “I just hope you come forward and help me and my family get closure. It’s very hard. I just want peace.”

The city is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

“A lot of it is due to speed. People aren’t paying attention when they’re driving. Some of it is due to racing, but we like to tell everybody to slow down. But if you do that or you’re involved in one of these accidents, do the right thing,” Moreno said. “Help the person because in some of these cases, if medical help had been offered or if they had gotten there a little quicker, a little sooner, a life probably could have been saved.”

Anyone with any information should contact South Traffic Detectives at (323)421-2500.

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