Teenage Victim of Hit-and-Run Mourned; Driver Sought

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SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Police on Sunday were asking for the public’s help finding a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a teenage pedestrian in Hyde Park.

It happened around 6:15 p.m. on Saturday at Crenshaw Boulevard and 78th Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division.

Markeis Vonreece Parish, 18, was crossing Crenshaw when he was hit by a silver late-model Mercedes-Benz, police said.

Parish was in an unmarked crosswalk when he was struck by the southbound vehicle, detectives said.

The driver, whom police described as a black man, did not remain at the scene after the accident.

Parish was transported to UCLA Medical Center, where he died shortly after arrival.

As police detectives conducted their investigation Saturday evening, Parish’s sneakers were seen on the street, about 30 yards away from where he was hit.

“It sounded like the proverbial screams of someone who had witnessed a loved one die,” witness Kevin Chambers said.

“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.”

Anyone with information regarding the accident was asked to call LAPD South Traffic Detectives Mendoza or Yount at (323) 421-2500 or (323)421-2540.

Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or go online to http://www.LAPDOnline.org.

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