Rewards Offered In Boyle Heights Hit-And-Run That Killed Probation Officer

BOYLE HEIGHTS ( — City and county officials Wednesday were each offering $50,000 rewards for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing a probation officer on his motorcycle during a hit-and-run.

Kenneth Hamilton, 54, was leaving his job at the Eastlake Juvenile Facility around 6 a.m. on Oct. 28 when he was hit at the intersection of Soto Street and Lancaster Avenue in Boyle Heights.

He died instantly, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

“Someone out there knows something, saw something or may even know the driver who fled,” Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers said. “The reward money is a reminder that Los Angeles has not forgotten, the LAPD has not forgotten and that this crime must be solved and the driver brought to justice.”

Police identified the suspect vehicle as a late 1990s silver four-door Honda Civic DX from a side mirror that was sheared off in the crash.

“This is like losing one of our own,” LAPD Det. Michael Kaden said.

Hamilton began his career with the L.A. County Probation Department in April of 2009 as a Group Night Supervisor.

He was an assistant baseball coach at Santiago High School in Corona for 17 years and a beloved father of three.

L.A. County Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Gloria Molina are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of those responsible for the hit-and run death. The city is also offering a $50,000 reward, KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen reports.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Det. Kaden at (213) 972-1837.

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