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No car, no charges in hit-and-run crash

Crime: Driver of car involved in fatal collision that killed Valencia man’s father hasn't been found

Posted: January 17, 2011 10:24 p.m.
Updated: January 18, 2011 4:55 a.m.
 

Los Angeles detectives are still looking for the car that struck and killed the father of a local sportscaster.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” said Officer Alex Costillo of the Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division. “We’re still looking for the car.”

At about 8 p.m. on Jan. 8, a motorist hit and killed Earl Biggs, 77, of North Hollywood.

More than a week after the fatal collision and despite having eyewitness descriptions of the vehicle, no one has been charged with a criminal offense and detectives have still not found the car.

Detective Bill Bustos, who heads the investigation, last week described the car as a dark-colored, possibly maroon, Ford Thunderbird made between 1990 and 1995.

“More than likely there’s damage to the front, hood, grill and windshield,” he said.

“If anybody sees a car that has damage consistent with what we’ve described, they’re asked to call us.”

Detectives will not release a photo of a similar car.

“For the most part, we give a verbal description of the car as opposed to issuing a photo,” Costillo said. “Unfortunately, unless we have a good picture of the car, a similar photo only gets people confused.”

Witnesses interviewed by detectives said the motorist was driving a Ford Thunderbird northbound on Coldwater Canyon Avenue approaching Sherman Way when he struck Biggs, who was crossing the street midblock, according to Los Angeles police.

Biggs, father of local sports broadcaster and Valencia resident Jeff Biggs, was taken to a nearby hospital but later died as a result of his injuries.

In the early hours of Jan. 9, detectives arrested Adrian Diamond, 21, of Stevenson Ranch. Diamond was later released with no charges.

Anybody with information about the crash is being asked to call Valley Traffic Division officers at (818) 644-8032 or detectives at (818) 644-8021.

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