A $25,000 reward was offered for information leading to conviction and arrest of the suspect in a Long Beach hit & run accident that left a man, 42, and his daughter, 3 years old, dead. The city of Long Beach contributed $15,000 to the fund.
Supervisor Janice Hahn requested the approval of the reward offer for the city, which was $10,000.
Families and friends gather to remember the deaths of a father, and his three-year-old daughter, when a truck drove into their Long Beach apartment on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Hetty Chang reports on behalf of NBC4 News.
The hit-and-run suspect has been identified by police as 24-year-old Octavio Monteno. Long Beach police stated that Octavio Montano was driving a Ram 1500 pickup northbound along Rose Avenue near East Artesia Boulevard at around 10:10 p.m. on March 1. “left the roadway and collided with an apartment building, killing two of the occupants inside.”
Montano is alleged to have fled the scene shortly after the collision.
Jose Palacios Gonzalez died on the spot. His daughter Samantha Palacios was later pronounced dead in hospital.
“The deaths of Jose and Samantha have had a devastating, lasting impact on our community,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “We believe this reward will encourage others with information to come forward. I also want to thank Supervisor Janice Hahn for her support of these efforts.”
Montano was described at 5-feet-8ins tall and 160 pounds with brown eyes, black hair, and unspecified tattoos to his right forearm.
Anybody with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Kevin Johansen, LBPD at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips may be sent to lacrimestoppers.org or 800-222-8477.