Police Identify Victim, Driver in Fatal Hit & Run Accident

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Nissan Minivan Hit and Run Vehicle
Did you see this mini van on Weds. Nov. 9, around 5 p.m. near Olive Ave. and Sunset Canyon Dr.? (Photo By Ross A. Benson)
Nissan Minivan Hit and Run Vehicle
Did you see this mini van on Weds. Nov. 9, around 5 p.m. near Olive Ave. and Sunset Canyon Dr.? (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank Police Department released the name of the pedestrian who was killed in a traffic accident on November 9, at the intersection of Olive Ave. and Sunset Canyon Dr.   He is Damaso Garcia, 67, of Burbank.

Police also released the name of the driver in the accident.  He is 74 year-old Zaven Papazyan of Burbank.   He has not been arrested or charged regarding the accident.  The investigation is still on-going.

Investigators are trying to determine exactly what happened in the accident.   If you witnessed it, or saw the vehicle being driven just before or immediately after the 5:04 p.m. accident, call Det. Paul Orlowski or Det. Sam Anderson in the Police Traffic Bureau at (818) 238-3100.

The original story ran on November 9, 2011:

Pedestrian Struck By Hit & Run Driver Dies From Injuries     

A pedestrian who was struck and seriously injured by a driver who fled the scene of the accident on Olive Ave. near Sunset Canyon Dr.  on Wednesday, has died from his injuries.

According to the Burbank Police Department, the victim, a 67 year-old Burbank man, was crossing Olive Ave. at 5:04 p.m., when he was struck by a white minivan that was eastbound on Olive.  The man was transported to the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.  The victim’s name has not yet been released.

The minivan driver did not stop and render aid to the victim.  Instead, the vehicle continued heading east on Olive onto Country Club Dr.  An intensive search by police  on the ground, and in the air with the police air unit, was conducted.  However, officers were unable to locate the suspect vehicle at that time.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, the police department received a phone call from a man who said his father had been involved in the collision.  Officers responded to a home in the 1800 block of Ayers Way which is near the accident scene, and contacted the driver.  The man, whose identify has not been released by police,  was interviewed by investigators, but was not arrested.  According to a police department spokesman, alcohol was not a factor in the accident.  The decision has not been made yet whether to arrest the driver, or follow the complaint route and file the case with the district attorney’s office.   The man’s vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Quest, was impounded as evidence and removed from the garage of the home at appoximately 11 p.m.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident, or saw the vehicle being driven just before or after the accident, is asked to contact Det. Paul Orlowski or Det. Sam Anderson in the Traffic Bureau at (818) 2383100.