BY LUCY GUANUNA
BOYLE HEIGHTS — A 24-year-old pedestrian died after being dragged 100 feet in a hit-and-run early this morning in Boyle Heights.
The hit-and-run happened after midnight as the male victim was crossing near the intersection of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Soto Street, when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. The victim was then dragged 100 feet before he was dislodged from the vehicle. The driver pulled into a driveway of a business before fleeing northbound on Chicago Street, said Lt. Nate Williams of Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Division.
The victim, whose identity has not yet been released, suffered multiple blunt force trauma injuries and was transported to L.A.County USC Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 12:41 a.m.
Williams said the vehicle may have sustained damage on driver’s side near the front as well as the undercarriage. Williams did not have a description of the driver or the vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing and being handled by Central Traffic Division detectives. Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713, or Detective Felix Padilla at (213) 486-0753.
Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
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