Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Boyle Heights hit-and-run leaves pedestrian dead

boyle hit and run map


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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  1. More scofflaw drivers. The city will do nothing to reign in speeding and hostile street design.

  2. The last thing we should do is “politicize” this death, which was an act of God, a divine lightning bolt or sorts.

    There is nothing that could have been done by the car makers, the street designers, the city planners, nor the politicians. We are all meant to install street plans as they are written in the Holy Bible and were laid out so many years ago in the Holy Land with turning radii and high design speeds, etc.

    Anyone suggesting that the divine perfection of this street design is to blame is drunk, high, or a bike nazi.

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