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$50K Reward Offered for Info on Hit-and-Run that Killed 2 Brothers in Highland Park

May 06, 2019 - 2:34 pm
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The coroner today confirmed the names of two brothers killed in a hit-and-run crash in Highland Park, as police searched for the driver and his passenger who fled the scene after allegedly causing the accident.

LAPD Detectives are narrowing the search for the driver whose pickup truck struck a car and killed the two men early Sunday Morning.

A $50,000 reward has been posted for information and a conviction in the case.

The victims' family tells CBS-2 the victims both attended local colleges and were devoted to their families. 

"These guys were always with their parents, it's not because they had to be with their parents but because they just chose to be with them," the victim's family member said.

The brothers were identified as Benigno Felix-Zuniga, 25, and Jesse Zuniga, 19, coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.

The crash happened about 1:15 a.m. when a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck slammed into a white Ford Fusion sedan in the 700 block of North San Pascual Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Witnesses told police the truck reached speeds of up to 80 mph before it struck the sedan and other parked cars.

The track program at Highland Park's Franklin High School tweeted:

"It's with a heavy heart that we report that one of our former Panther track athletes passed away in a horrible hit and run car crash last night here in Highland Park. Jesse Felix Zuniga will be missed by his family, friends and the Panther community."

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