LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — An 18-year-old man died Saturday evening after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in South Los Angeles, police said.
The man was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center after he was hit by a vehicle at about 6:15 p.m. near the intersection of 77th Place and Crenshaw Boulevard, according to of the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division.
Four teenagers were crossing Crenshaw Boulevard when one of them, a young man who had recently turned 18, was struck, witnesses told KTLA.
As police detectives conducted their investigation at the active crime scene, the victim’s sneakers were seen on the street, about 30 yards away from where he was hit by the vehicle.
“It sounded like the proverbial screams of someone who had witnessed a loved one die,” witness Kevin Chambers said. He added, “It was the guy’s best friend; they were just going to the store, and the way that that guy sped off in his new car … it could bring tears to your eyes, just the lack of regard for human life.”
Neighbors said the section of Crenshaw Boulevard between 76th Street and 80th Street is known as a “raceway.”
“He only came down this street because he knew there was a good chance of him getting away with what he did,” Chambers said. “There’s a five-block span where there’s no stopping at all. So, he knew what he was doing. He came down here for a reason and as a result another person has been killed.”
The driver was at large Saturday evening, police said.
He may have been driving a black Mercedes, sources said.