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Fatal Hit and Run Near USC

LAPD has released surveillance footage of a fatal hit-and-run last night near USC. 

LAPD has now released surveillance footage, hoping to find the person who fatally struck 58 year old Elias Aceves with his car and drove away from the scene without stopping.

Aceves was using the crosswalk on the corner of 23rd and Portland Streets to go back to his home across the street when a black sedan sped through the intersection and hit him; he was thrown 70 feet from the crosswalk upon the impact. 

LAPD believes the suspect was using "excessive speed" when he mowed down Aceves. The Southwest Traffic Bureau has now opened a criminal investigation. 

Surveillance cameras caught the accident on film, which LAPD hopes to use as they continue their investigation. The surveillance cameras which caught the accident belong to DPS, but DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle says they will not conduct an investigation. 

Aceves's family was notified of the accident late Tuesday night. They were at the scene today, laying candles and flowers where Aceves was found lying by local residents who found him after he was hit.  

His nephew, David Armenta, was distraught: "Not once did he [the driver] stop or even slow down, he just kept going."

LAPD urges anyone with information about the driver to call their Southwest Traffic Division. 

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