ECHO PARK — Christian Donis, the 15-year-old skateboarder who was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Friday night, has been declared brain dead, hospital officials said today, according to KTLA and other news sites.
Donis and his 13-year-old cousin, Adam, were struck on Friday night at about 10 p.m. as they were crossing Alvarado Street at Montrose Street. Christian Donis was thrown or dragged about 75-feet by the northbound vehicle, according to a police officer. Adam Donis suffered minor injuries. Police said they have arrested the suspected driver who fled the scene.
The Donis cousins had been skateboarding in the playground of the Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy near the crash site when they left to go home a few blocks away, said Juan Garcia, one of the friends who was skateboarding with the cousins that night. Garcia and another skateboarder, Erlin Rivera, remained in the playground for a while before they too left only to come upon an ambulance on Alvarado. “That’s when we knew something went wrong,” said Garcia, 15, tonight as he and Rivera sat next to a sidewalk memorial for their friend.
Christian Donis was far from an accomplished skater. “He was clumsy,” said Rivera, 15. “He would fall a lot.” But he loved to skate, favored Toy Machine boards and posted skating photos on his Instagram account.
Christian Donis was also remembered as an easy-going friend who never got mad and had no trouble sharing meals. “He was chill,” Garcia said.
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