Walnut Station Asks Assistance about Fatal Hit & Run in Diamond Bar

Walnut Station Asks Assistance about Fatal Hit & Run in Diamond Bar

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On Monday, July 12, 2021, during a press conference, Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Walnut Station Detectives and family members asked the public’s assistance for any information about a suspect driver and vehicle that was involved in a fatal hit and run incident in the City of Diamond Bar.

On Sunday, July 4, 2021, at approximately 10:30 p.m., 72 year-old Bruce Bodel was taking an evening walk near his home. As he was walking north on Penarth Avenue crossing Lycoming Street, he was tragically struck by a vehicle when he was crossing the street. The driver of the vehicle did not stop to render any aid and immediately fled the scene traveling southbound on Lemon Avenue.

Mr. Bodel suffered major injuries and succumbed to his wounds days later. The vehicle that struck him is described as a two-door silver sedan, and from evidence recovered at the scene, it is believed to have damage to the front as well as a cracked windshield.

“This has devastated my family. He always liked to go out for walks, that was just his habit. Rather than taking a car he would take a bike or he would walk. He was a vegetarian, he’d never hurt a fly. So anybody who could help bring my uncle justice, would be greatly appreciated,” said Bodel’s niece, Jessica.

If you have information about this senseless tragedy, please contact the Walnut Station Detective Bureau at 909-859-2817.  If you prefer to provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile App on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org/.

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Chief Laura E. Lecrivain has been a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (Department) since 1995.  She oversees Countywide Services Division which includes the Community Partnerships, Community Colleges, Parks, and County Services Bureau.  Prior to her promotion to chief, she worked as a commander for Countywide Services Division and Custody Division. 

As a captain, Chief Lecrivain commanded the Twin Towers Correctional Facility (TTCF) where she was responsible for over 800 personnel and the care of 3,000 mentally ill inmates arrested in Los Angeles County (County).  The TTCF is the largest mental health facility in the United States and houses the County’s most severe mental health inmates.  

During her time on the Department, Chief Lecrivain had the privilege of working an array of assignments.  As a deputy, she worked Century Station patrol, detective bureau, and Operation Safe Streets (OSS).  Later, as a sergeant, Chief Lecrivain worked at the Men’s Central Jail, Compton Station, OSS, and Administrative Services Division.  Upon her promotion to lieutenant, Chief Lecrivain worked as a watch commander at Palmdale Station, and later at Compton Station.   

Chief Lecrivain is lifetime resident of Los Angeles County.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management, and a Masters’ Degree in Leadership from the University of Southern California.  In her spare time, Chief Lecrivain enjoys spending time with her family and Dodger baseball.  She also loves reading and enjoys running.