Family and friends of Nathaniel Mota are calling for a traffic signal to be installed at the crosswalk in South L.A. where the teen was killed in a hit-and-run last week.
“That’s what we’re trying to do, get the word out. Many kids cross here for school,” Jessica Peralta said at a vigil for Mota on Wednesday, which would have been his 17th birthday.
After attending a youth group meeting at Iglesia Catolica Santa Cecilia church Friday night, Mota was walking in a marked crosswalk at 42nd Street and Normandie Avenue when he was struck by a white, late-model Nissan Maxima.
The driver did not stop to render aid, police said. Paramedics pronounced Mota dead at the scene.
No description of the driver, who was still at large Thursday, was available.
“I forgive him, whoever did it. Nothing is going to bring my son back,” Nathaniel’s mother, Lissette Mota, said.
Anyone with information on the hit-and-run was urged to call the LAPD at 877-LAPD-24-7 or 877-527-3247.