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Suspect Sought in Deadly Mid-City Hit and Run

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Detectives are looking for a driver suspected in a fatal hit-and-run in Mid-City Friday night.

Investigators say 72-year-old Douglas Jerald Welch, a resident of Los Angeles, was driving northbound on West Boulevard and attempting to turn left into a private driveway.

A motorist driving a silver 2000 Mercedes-Benz C500 was travelling south on West Boulevard when he overtook another vehicle at a high rate of speed and collided with Welch’s pick-up truck.

Welch was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

The driver of the Mercedes-Benz fled the scene.

Police say he has been identified, but his name is being withheld pending further investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the crash can contact West Traffic Division, Detective Section at (213) 473-0234 during the weekdays between 7 am – 5pm.

After hours and weekends, please contact West Traffic Division’s front desk at (213) 473-0222 or a toll free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

Christina Pascucci reports.