The Los Angeles City Council has approved a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a driver who struck and killed a pedestrian last month in Studio City.
According to the LAPD, the collision that killed 35 year old Michael Bonanomi took place on August 17th on Ventura Boulevard, just east of Fairway Avenue. As Bonanomi made his way north across Ventura, he was struck by a white Mercedes Benz CL sedan, which then fled the scene. Police investigators say the vehicle is from the 2008 to 2010 model year and had dark rims, tinted windows, and black paper license plates with yellow writing. It also suffered major front end damages, with the driver’s side head lamp being knocked out, a dented hood, and a shattered windshield.
“We had wonderful witnesses that stayed a long time to give us their statements. We’ve had the public calling with possible leads, but we have to call upon you again,” said Officer Holly Fredo of the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division. “Do the right thing.”
In a press conference held on Wednesday, Michael’s mother, Eva Bonanomi, spoke about her son, and pleaded for anyone with information to come forth. “We’re asking for your help in finding the person who left our son to die alone,” she said, standing with several friends and family members. Last week, a memorial was held to remember Michael, which was attended by more than 300 people. “It was such a testament to him as a human being,” said Eve.
Anyone with information about the accident, or the driver responsible is being urged to call the LAPD Traffic Division at 818-644-8021, or Officer Holly Fredo directly at 818-644-8037. Hit and run accidents have been on a recent rise in Los Angeles, which saw two others killed in separate incidents on the same weekend Bonanomi was killed.
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