PALMS ( — Police searched Monday for a suspected car thief who struck and killed a man in Palms while being followed by police, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A four-door maroon 2001 Buick LeSabre slammed into the victim on Venice Boulevard between Hughes Avenue and Dunn Drive about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, said Officer Ed Griffin of the LAPD West Traffic Division.

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“When I came right on the corner, I saw a police car in the middle of the street. And then I saw the body laying over there,” said a neighbor.

Investigators said police officers in an unmarked car were tailing the stolen Buick with two people inside when it took off at high speed and hit the victim.

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The Buick has a California license plate of 7KWC773.  The car sustained front-end damage and possibly has a bike rack on the front, police said.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the driver.

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The victim’s name has not been released.