Atwater Village hit-and-run leaves pedestrian in serious condition


ATWATER VILLAGE — A 19-year-old man was left in serious condition following a hit-and-run Wednesday night in Atwater Village.

According to a statement released by the LAPD’s Central Traffic Division, the collision occurred at around 11:10 p.m. as Ryan Correas was crossing Fletcher Drive near La Clede Avenue outside of a marked crosswalk.

Correas was struck by a gold or beige mini-van with a luggage rack on the roof. The driver of the mini-van never stopped to aid Correas or slowed down as the motorist fled southbound on Fletcher Drive.

Correas received severe injuries and was transported to a hospital to be treated. He is listed in serious condition.

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. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

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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One comment

  1. The young man has recently died from his injuries but driver has not been found. In the story linked to CBS2 it is reported that a red pickup with a mattress in it’s bed may have been involved and that a beige minivan was in area. Eastsider reports “…Correas was struck by a gold or beige mini-van with a luggage rack on the roof.” Does anyone know why the CBS2 story doesn’t include this information and/or how reliable it was?

    My condolences to the young man’s family.

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