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LAPD: Ongoing Investigation and $50,000 Reward for Hit-and-Run Cyclist

LAPD Valley Traffic is reminding the community that the investigation is still active and information is still being sought on the June 22 hit-and-run accident in Northridge.

The investigation is still active and the $50,000 reward is still up for grabs for substantial leads on the which left an elderly man dead, according to LAPD Valley Traffic. 

Paul Albert Helfen, 76, of Northridge, was riding his bicycle eastbound on Nordhoff Street approaching Woodley Avenue when he was struck from behind by a vehicle also traveling eastbound.

The impact ejected Helfen, causing him to hit the roadway and a planter box in a parking lot. He suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Anyone with information about the incident is strongly urged to get in touch with LAPD Valley Traffic detectives James Deaton at 818.644.8035 or William Bustos at 818.644.8021, during normal business hours.

For anonymous tips, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (800.222.8477) or go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.” 

impoundguy August 02, 2012 at 02:32 AM
$50,000 for info regarding a head found in Griffith Park....$50,000 for someone who was killed and left like a road kill in the street....how about just DOING WHATS RIGHT and reporting it, without having to buy the info from someone...what happened to those days when human life still mattered without "show me the money" coming first?
spidra August 03, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Please correct this misleading headline. It makes it sound like a cyclist hit someone and left the scene when it was a motorist who hit a cyclist and left the scene.
Michael Maloney August 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I couldn't agree more, even in light of the fact that Paul Helfen was my uncle. Even so, what happened to those who would come forward simply to take responsibility. Thanks for posting as it is a reminder that there are STILL people, obviously yourself for one, who would do the honorable thing in this situation. AS an aside, another inaccuracy in the story is that he was killed on June 8th, not June 22nd.

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