April 5, 2022

Supervisors Approve $10K Reward Offer for Deadly Long Beach Apartment Hit-and-Run

Los Angeles, CA — Today, the LA County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $10,000 reward offered by Supervisor Janice Hahn for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in a Long Beach hit-and-run crash into an apartment building that killed a 42-year-old man and his three-year-old daughter.

“The Palacios family has been devastated by this hit-and-run crash that took the lives of a man and his young daughter,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “If you have any information about the whereabouts of the suspect in this crime, I urge you to come forward. This family needs and deserves justice.”

On March 1st Jose Palacios Gonzalez and his 3-year-old daughter Samantha Palacios were in their apartment on Rose Avenue near East Artesia Boulevard when a driver in a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup struck the building at around 10 p.m. Jose was pronounced dead at the scene. Samantha was taken to a hospital, where she later died.

The driver has been identified as 24-year-old Octavio Montano, who allegedly ran away from the scene following the collision. Montano was described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and unspecified tattoos on his right forearm. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call LBPD Detective Kevin Johansen at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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