LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – A suspect has been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death of a 50-year-old woman in Jefferson Park last month.
Twenty-three-year-old Zachary Labov was taken into custody Dec. 7, on hit-and-run charges in the crash that killed pedestrian Iris Davis, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced in a news conference Wednesday. Labov was booked and released on $50,000 bail.
“I’m so grateful,” Davis’ mother Vivian Gibson told reporters.
“I could not breathe. I could not sleep”
According to police, in the early morning hours of Nov. 12 Davis was hit and killed after leaving a bar with her cousin. She was crossing Adams Boulevard when she was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on Adams. The vehicle then fled. Davis was outside a crosswalk when she was hit.
A specific public tip led investigators to Labov, police said today. The tipster reportedly gave police the name of the suspect driver and the make and model of his pickup truck.
“Without them calling and getting involved, a lot of these hit-and-runs would go unsolved,” Los Angeles Police Capt. Lee Sands said.
Police said that at the time of his arrest, Labov confessed to driving the truck that struck Davis. He allegedly told investigators that he fled the scene because he was afraid.
Davis was a wife and mother of four grown children.
“My auntie Iris, she was an amazing woman,” her nephew Robert Peevy told KCAL9 last month. “She cooked, she made us laugh, she was always there. She was probably the most honest person I ever met in my entire life.”
Labov is expected in court on Jan. 5, 2017.
The tipster will receive a $50,000 reward, which is the standard amount offered in all hit-and-run cases in Los Angeles.