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City Approves $50K Reward Offer In Hit-and-Run Death of Valley Bicyclist

Jose Granados speaks at the City Council meeting (Photo by Jeremy Oberstein/Courtesy the office of Councilman Paul Krekorian)
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Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles City Council approved a request for a $50,000 reward offer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a hit-and-run driver who took the life of an 18-year-old bicyclist in the San Fernando Valley.

David Alexander Granados died the day after he was struck while riding his bike at about 6:30 p.m. on March 23 on Bellaire Avenue at Oxnard Street.

When the high school senior attempted to cross Oxnard in the crosswalk on the northbound side of the street, the driver of a Mercedes Benz SUV traveling west in the left lane on Oxnard ran the red light and struck the teen.

Los Angeles Police Department Detective William Bustos described the suspect as a light-skinned man in his 50s, according to City News Service. So far, the investigation has revealed the suspect’s car may have been a 2000 to 2004 Mercedes Benz M-Class sport utility vehicle, elaborates a LAPD news release.

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Bustos also noted there is video footage of the collision and detectives have been "knocking on doors," but they have yet to come up with leads to find the suspect.

The reward money was announced today by Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who also proposed the reward. Krekorian said today during a press conference that the Granados family is in need of closure, and pleading for help on behalf of his son, who wanted to become an EMT in order to help others.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is urged to contact the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division at (818) 644-8063.

Previously: 18-Year-Old Cyclist Injured In Savage Hit-and-Run Has Died