Vigil planned for Norwalk man killed in hit-and-run; driver remains at large

NORWALK — Friends and family members of a 20-year-old Norwalk man killed in a hit-and-run while riding his skateboard one month ago are planning a vigil Saturday as they continue seeking the public’s help in bringing the driver to justice.
A candlelight vigil for Daniel Ortiz is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the scene of the Feb. 9 collision at Foster and Studebaker roads, according to family members.
Anxious for answers and closure following the death of Ortiz, family members have offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the hit-and-run driver.
Ortiz was pronounced dead at the scene after being discovered lying in the street by a passerby about 4:20 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Steve Boyer said.
He was on his way home from a friend’s house and crossing Studebaker in a marked intersection when he was struck by a northbound pickup truck, investigators said.
No witnesses to the crash were located, however debris left at the scene by the hit-and-run vehicle indicated it was a dark blue Nissan Titan pickup truck, model year 2003 through 2006, Boyer said.
Sister Teresa Macias said Ortiz was a kind and fun-loving lifelong resident of Norwalk who enjoyed sports from a young age and played football for Norwalk High School. He had been working for a company that installs surveillance cameras.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711.

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