Suspect in Valley Hit and Run Turns Himself In.

Suspect in Valley Hit and Run Turns Himself In.

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Encino, CA -

The suspect in a hit and run that killed a pedestrian has turned himself in to police. Per Detective Bustos, LAPD Valley Traffic, the suspect   turned himself in around 4pm today.

Twenty-six-year-old  Grant Valentine of Woodland Hills was accompanied by his attorney. He has been arrested for felony hit and run.

Valentine said he felt the pressure of the news coverage so he decided to surrender. He did tell cops why he left the scene, but they  aren't sharing that information.

 Authorities say the hit-and-run crash happened just after midnight Monday on Ventura Boulevard in Encino. The victim, a man in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 From Hal Eisner:

Although our attention is turned to the man in his late-40's killed today in Encino by the driver of a black SUV, possibly 2007 thru 2014 black GMC Denali, it is a sad day for the family of another man killed in an entirely different hit and run.

This one happened a couple of week ago. Killed, in Wilmington, was 26 year old Manuel Ayala. Today is his funeral. His family told me through emails this morning that they don't want media coverage, but will be at LA City Hall tomorrow when Councilman Joe Biscaino introduces a proposal for a $50,000 reward for the capture of whoever was responsible for Ayala's death.

Biscaino's aide Branimir Kvartuc told me that is what the councilman wants for a $50,000 standing reward for any and all hit and runs that occur in the City of LA, but the "standing reward" may have to go through the council's public safety committee before the council can consider it. Make no mistake the pressure is on at City Hall to figure out what to do about this "epidemic" as some have called it of fatal hit and run accidents.

Biscaino wants to put pressure on Sacramento to make penalties for these crimes tougher! And, if you think you're hearing about hit and run accidents all the time...you are.

Statistics: there are some 20,000 hit and runs in LA a year, 4000 end up in bodily injury... about 30 end up in death. Today's and the one involving Manuel Ayala are part of that sad fact.

This is a statement from Councilman Joe Buscaino about this morning's hit and run in Encino. Besides asking for big rewards he is now asking the State Legislature for big penalties for these kinds of crimes.

"I am deeply saddened and disturbed that a third hit and run fatality has occurred over the span of the last three weeks.

While the City of Los Angeles is taking immediate action to address this ongoing problem, I call upon the state legislature to stiffen the penalties for hit and run crimes, making them equivalent in seriousness to DUI offenses.

A traffic accident is not a crime. It becomes a crime the moment you leave the scene and fail to render aid to the victim and fail to take responsibility for your actions. We must do everything we can to change the culture of driver apathy in Los Angeles, where motorists continue to display a lack of responsibility and concern, leaving a human being out in the street to die."

Office of Councilman Joe Buscaino

Buscaino Standing Reward Motion

Full Resolution Portrait of Councilman Buscaino

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