Motorist Sought in Fatal Hit-and-Run in Arleta

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ARLETA (CNS) - Authorities Thursday sought the public's help to find a hit-and-run motorist responsible for fatally injuring a pedestrian in Arleta.

The man died at the scene of his injury, which occurred about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday on Terra Bella Street west of Canterbury Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

He was later identified as Richard Mendez, 29, of Arleta, according to the coroner's office.

According to police, Mendez was crossing Terra Bella Street when he was hit by a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan that was westbound at a high rate of speed. No description was available of the motorist.

A standing reward of up to $50,000 was offered by the city of Los Angeles for information that helps solve a fatal hit-and-run.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call detectives at 818-644-8032 or 818-644-8028; or 877-LAPD-247. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or use the website

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