Man Struck, Killed After Rear-Ended SUV Crashes into South L.A. Bus Stop; Driver Flees Scene

A man in his 70s died after being struck by a rear-ended Range Rover that crashed into a South Los Angeles bus stop where three people were waiting, the LAPD reported.

Two other people were critically injured and the female driver of the car that rear-ended the Range Rover ran away from the scene, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

A car that was rear-ended crashed into a South L.A. bus stop on Sept. 26, 2016, critically injuring three people. (Credit: KTLA)

A car that was rear-ended crashed into a South L.A. bus stop on Sept. 26, 2016, critically injuring three people. (Credit: KTLA)

The crash was reported about 6:30 p.m. in the 440 block of West 54th Street in the Vermont Square area of South Los Angeles.

A preliminary investigation found that the SUV was making a right turn into a driveway when it was struck from behind by a white Buick Regal, Lopez said.

The force of the crash sent the Range Rover onto the curb and into a bus stop where a man and two women were waiting.

The impact sent at least one of the victims into the middle of the street, video taken at the scene by a witness showed.

The driver of the vehicle that rear-ended the SUV then ran away from the scene and has not been found, Lopez said.

"It all just happened so fast, it was just so scary," witness Gigi Calderon told KTLA.

“Everybody was calling 911 and the ambulance, and we kind of lost track of whoever was in the other car.”

A mangled bus bench is seen at the intersection of Figueroa Street and West 54th Street in South L.A. after a fatal hit-and-run crash on Sept. 26, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A mangled bus bench is seen at the intersection of Figueroa Street and West 54th Street in South L.A. after a fatal hit-and-run crash on Sept. 26, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Calderon added that a woman in a wheelchair was able to get up and avoid getting hit.

The pedestrians were were critically injured and described as a man and woman in their 70s and their daughter who is in her 50s, Lopez told the Los Angeles Times. The man later died at the hospital. He has not been identified.

The driver of the SUV was alone at the time of the crash and stayed at the scene, police said. He was not injured, but was "shaken up," Sgt. James Kelly said. He did not want to be transported to a hospital, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

Police have reviewed surveillance video from a nearby 7-Eleven that apparently shows the crash and a woman leaving the car.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call LAPD South Traffic Division at 323-421-2500. Anonymous tipsters can call 800-222-8477, or visit http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

KTLA's Geoff Peters contributed to this story.