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LAPD Asks Twitter Users to Help on Hit & Run Case

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In a move that has streets activists applauding the LAPD, Twitter is being used to spread the word about a hit and run on La Cienega that left a valet in a coma. Ben Zelman was working as valet at Koi restaurant on La Cienega Blvd last week Wednesday when he was run over by an older model yellow Volkswagen black top convertible. Now Officer Hutchings of LAPD's West Traffic Division is reaching out to the masses asking for help. "Being such a busy street police and family are confident someone can help crack this case and bring the individual responsible to justice," he wrote in a community alert and press release, which was given to cyclist Enci Box and other members of the Cyclists/LAPD Task Force to tweet out.

Damien Newton on Streetsblog called Hutchings' move "as another sign of the ongoing cooperation between the LAPD and the cycling community."