Driver Booked for Murder After North Hills Hit and Run

A man has been booked on suspicion of murder after the SUV he was allegedly driving ran a red light and collided with another car in North Hills, killing a woman.

Estuardo Alvardo, 45, was arrested Sunday afternoon after the crash at Sepulveda and Plummer Streets and was being held in lieu of $1,050,00 bail, according to jail records.

The LAPD said moments before the fatal wreck, Alvarado had been involved in a minor crash at Sepulveda and Lassen St. and was speeding south on Sepulveda to get away when he struck the driver’s side of a Toyota Camry that was driving east on Plummer.

The woman driving the Camry was crushed and died at the scene. She was the sister of an LAPD officer assigned to a nearby station.

“Impairment was a factor in this case and we will be discuss that with the District Attorney’s Office,” said LAPD Valley Traffic Division Detective Bill Bustos. 

He said evidence would be presented to prosecutors Wednesday for the filing of criminal charges. 

Court records show Alvarado has been convicted of a number of felony crimes in the San Fernando Valley dating back to 1990, when he was arrested for drug sales. In 1994 court records show Alvarado pulled a gun on a police officer, then was caught selling narcotics a year later.

— Eric Leonard (@LeonardFiles)

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