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Tujunga man identified as suspect in fatal Echo Park hit-and-run

Friends of Christian Donis sit by his sidewalk memorial

Friends of Christian Donis sit by his sidewalk memorial

ECHO PARK — Sang Won Jung, 26, of Tujunga has been booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run in connection with Friday’s fatal collision that left a 15-year-old skateboarder brain dead.

Jung is scheduled to appear in court on July 9 after posting  bail, according LAPD. Jung was arrested after he contacted police to claim that he was the victim of a hit-and-run. But then officers noticed that his vehicle matched the description of the car in the Echo Park collision.

“Detectives from Central Traffic Division responded to the station and concluded that Mr. Jung had been behind the wheel when the two teenage victims were struck,” according to an LAPD news release.

Christian Donis was declared brain dead on Sunday. Donis and his 13-year-old cousin, Adam Donis, were struck at about 10 p.m. as they were crossing Alvarado Street at Montrose Street in an unmarked crosswalk, according to police. Christian Donis was thrown or dragged about 75-feet by the northbound vehicle, according to a police officer.  Adam Donis suffered minor injuries.

alvarado and montrose map

Christian and Adam Donis were crossing at Alvarado and Montrose streets when they were struck by a northbound vehicle.

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11 comments

  1. What a terrible tragedy. Just yesterday I saw a teenage skateboarder dangerously skate out into the street and luckily the car coming down the road stopped to avoid hitting him. Be aware that many drivers are NOT looking even in legal crosswalks. Be careful out there skateboarders.

  2. We need an explanation of why he would go to the police to report HE was a victim of a hit and run. You can’t just leave that dangling out there. That makes no sense.

    • Mark, Mark, Mark. You will simply have to go get your news from a better news source or lower your expectations, sweetheart. Constantly brow-beating these guys will never make them Pulitzer contenders…

      • The Eastsider may not produce Pulitzer-winning stories, but they Do write about our area. I live a few blocks from the site of the hit and run and due to emergency vehicles and helicopter circling I went online to see what was happening. The first newsource to report was the Eastsider, followed quite a bit later by ABC, then breakingnews.com. I checked Eagle Rock 311 frequently but was surprised not to find any mention there. The following day CBS reported it. I have yet to see anything in the LA Times either online or in paper edition. In fact I wrote the editor about this as they constantly ignore Echo Park and surrounds. I’m thankful to have The Eastsider, and support them with a subscription.

    • He may have been looking for a way to explain the damage to his vehicle which someone may have noticed and asked about.

  3. BTW, Several news sources state that Sang Won Jung had been booked on felony hit-and-run charges and was released about
    3 a.m. Sunday on $50,000 bail, according to county inmate records. He was due in court July 9. I very much doubt he will show.

  4. Carsmakepeoplestupid

    The animus towards people who drive cars recklessly is steadily growing. Every fast street will be dieted, we are working on this and it WILL happen.

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