Driver arrested in connection with Echo Park hit-and-run

ECHO PARK — Police have arrested a driver suspected of hitting a pair of teen skateboarders on Friday night, leaving one of the victims in critical condition. NBC LA said the suspect was a 28-year-old man from the San Fernando Valley.

The male victims, who are cousins ages 15 and 13, were crossing Alvarado Street at Montrose Avenue at about 10 p.m. when they were hit by what has been described as a 2012-2014 Toyota Venza that was traveling northbound. It’s not known whether the victims were on their boards or on foot when they were hit, but both teens were in an unmarked intersection, according to previous police reports.

The  15-year-old male was left in extremely critical condition after being thrown or dragged 75 feet after the collision, according to one officer. The other victim  suffered minor injuries.

The driver did not stop after the collision, said Sgt. Jesse Garcia with the LAPD Central Traffic Division. “He kept on going like nothing happened.”


  1. Carsmakepeoplestupid

    stupid drivers. give him the electric chair!

  2. Erin from Ave 57

    Oh no! Just when they catch up with the motherf***r who hit him…this makes me very sad. I have a special place in my heart for skateboarders. It will be a year in August since my friend Carlos “Ekeh” Arellano was fatally stabbed in Echo Park. RIP to both. So very sorry for those who knew the victim and the family. Senseless.

  3. Delighted to hear this a-hole was arrested, assuming they got the right person, and hope he or she will pay a heavy price for this depraved and callous act.

  4. The t.v. news report was that the driver showed up at a police station out of the area to report that HIS car was in an accident with a hit and run driver. They put two and two together that his car matched a description with the skateboarders incident.

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