Van Nuys, CA — LAPD Valley Traffic Division (VTD) detectives are looking for anyone who may have witnessed a dramatic traffic accident in which a driver was instantly killed. On the morning of December 23 at around 11:45 a.m., a 71-year-old West Hills resident was driving his vehicle south on Valley Circle Boulevard just south of Caris Street when he ran off the road and hit a parked vehicle and tree. He sustained a severe blunt-force impact to his body and was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics.

VTD detectives are investigating the collision and trying to determine why the driver lost control of his car, and witnesses, if any, might be able to assist them. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call VTD Officer Scott DeWitt at 818-644-8027 or 818-644-8020. 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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

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