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Reward offered in fatal hit-and-run of Redlands crossing guard

Redlands police are offering a $5,000 reward for information on the fatal hit-and-run that killed a popular school crossing guard who always had a smile and a wave for everyone.
In a news release announcing the reward Thursday, Nov. 8, police said investigators have obtained video of the pickup truck that struck Leonard “Bam-Bam” Ortiz on Oct. 16.
Authorities are now describing the truck as a late 1990s or early 2000s Ford Ranger with a snug fit camper shell. The dark green truck may also have damage to the front passenger side.
Ortiz, 48, of Redlands, was riding his blue motorized scooter east on Colton Avenue around 6:30 a.m. Oct. 16 when he was struck by a vehicle that ran the red light heading south on Orange Street, according to police.
Paramedics took Ortiz to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The new video shows the truck traveling south on Orange Street just before the collision. Additional video shows it after the collision turning left from Judson Street onto Lugonia Avenue and heading east on Highway 38.

Fatal hit and run – Oct. 16, 2018 – Video 3 of 3: https://t.co/P3HaKagoVi via @YouTube
— Redlands Police Dept (@RedlandsPD) November 9, 2018


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— Redlands Police Dept (@RedlandsPD) November 9, 2018


Fatal hit and run – Oct. 16, 2018 1 of 3: https://t.co/D5DH5K2XJz via @YouTube
— Redlands Police Dept (@RedlandsPD) November 9, 2018

“Investigators believe the driver exited the freeway shortly after getting on at Orange Street and circling back to Lugonia,” the news release said.
Ortiz was a popular figure at Lugonia Elementary where he helped children cross at the corner of Orange Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. In the hours following his death, students, parents, staff and community members  began leaving mementos, flowers and signs at the corner .
Police say the reward is for anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the driver. Anyone with tips may call the department at 909-335-4794.


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