A 28-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition Friday after a hit-and-run driver sent him flying into the air at a South Los Angeles intersection the previous afternoon.
The victim was struck as he walked in a crosswalk just after 4:30 p.m. at Broadway and 89th Street, according to Sgt. Philip Ybarra with the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division.
Brian Hull was identified as the victim by his mother, Latanya Hull, and brother, who spoke to KTLA. After his surgery, Brian's family has gathered at his side in the intensive care unit at California Hospital.
He has many broken bones and is "not really responsive," his mother said.
The family is praying and "staying hopeful" that Brian will pull through, his Latanya Hull said. Her son, who already struggles with diabetes, is close to receiving his associate's degrees from El Camino College, she said.
"He cares about everybody," said his brother, Carl Hull. "He's a nice person."
The car that fled was described as a green Infiniti, Ybarra said. The Hulls said witnesses described a black vehicle, and said they had tried to chase after the driver.
It hit Hull, who flew into the air and then struck the roadway, causing additional injuries and fractures beyond the initial impact, according to the sergeant.
Investigators were checking to see if surveillance video may have captured the crash, which occurred in the Broadway-Manchester area of South L.A.
Hull's mother urged the driver to surrender to police.