Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a double fatal hit and run traffic collision.
On April 27, 2018 at 8:30 p.m., a major traffic collision occurred that resulted in two fatalities.
A motorcycle was being ridden westbound on Foothill Boulevard when a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, traveling eastbound on Foothill Boulevard, made a left turn onto Valmont Street. The motorcycle collided with the SUV, causing the motorcycle to lose control and hit a parked vehicle.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported James Bellissimo the driver of the motorcycle to a local hospital, where he later died of his injuries. His passenger Ariane Turek died at the scene of the collision.
The driver of the Tahoe fled the scene without stopping to identify himself. The Chevrolet Tahoe was taken into police custody near the scene of the collision, but the hit and run driver is actively being sought.
On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.
Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Detective Larkin at (818) 644-8115 or Detective Daniel Menesez at (818) 644-8028. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477.