The four people critically injured in a North Hills hit-and-run that killed a father of two on Father's Day are now in stable condition while the search for the driver continues, police said
Wednesday.Investigators believe alcohol was likely a factor in the deadly collision, which happened when a sedan was speeding north on Haskell Avenue before running a red light at Parthenia Street and slamming into the driver's side of an SUV. The crash occurred about 5:35 a.m. Sunday.
Francisco Hernandez Rivas, driver of the SUV, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 48-year-old North Hills resident was the father of two teenagers, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Andrew Neiman said.
Maritza Joana Lara of Van Nuys has been identified by police as the driver of the sedan and is seen on surveillance video walking away from the scene without trying to help any of the victims.
The 27-year-old has a prior DUI conviction and has not been seen since the incident, authorities said.
The critically wounded victims include four passengers inside the white 2016 Lexus IS 250 Lara was driving. Police described all four as being in serious but stable condition by Wednesday morning.
Lara was last seen walking away from the scene east on Parthenia Street, officials said. She remained at large Wednesday morning. "There was someone that was killed that day. You walked away," Fuentes said.
Authorities said she lives just a mile from the crash site in the 8000 block of Langdon Avenue in Van Nuys.
Information leading to a conviction in the case carries a reward of up to $50,000 as with all L.A. hit-and-run investigations.
Anyone with information can reach LAPD Detective Andrew Sinclair or Detective Lisette Fuentes at 818-644-8035. Police can also be reached at 877-527-3247 during non-business hours and anonymous tips may be forwarded by calling 800-222-8477 or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.
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