NORWALK — Following a fundraiser, Family members of a young man struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver earlier this year have increased the reward they are offering in the case to $10,000, according the young man’s sister.
Family members of Daniel Ortiz, 20, of Norwalk have been working to find the driver that fatally struck him and left him to die in the street about 4:20 a.m. Feb. 9 at Studebaker and Foster roads. He was riding his skateboard within a crosswalk when struck, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Family members initially offered a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the capture and conviction of the hit-and-run driver, according to Ortiz’s sister, Teresa Macias
But following a successful fundraiser on the six-month anniversary of the fatal collision in which family members and friends sold buttons bearing Ortiz’s image at the crash scene, Macias said the family has doubled the reward.
The vehicle that struck and killed Ortiz has been described by sheriff’s investigators as a dark metallic blue Nissan Titan pickup truck, model year 2003 to 2006.
Anyone with information was asked to call the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. The family has also established an anonymous tip line at 562-261-5556.
PHOTO of Daniel Ortiz courtesy of family members.