Family Mourns Patriarch as Police Hunt Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed 81-Year-Old Man in South L.A.

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Police on Thursday were seeking assistance in identifying the person involved in a South L.A. hit-and-run crash that killed an 81-year-old man earlier this month, authorities said.

In the Jan. 13 incident, the South L.A. man was walking eastbound in the street around 9:50 p.m. on Century Boulevard, just east of Denker Avenue, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. He was struck by a vehicle, possibly a dark SUV, that was traveling the same direction in the same lane on Century Boulevard, officers said.

The victim's family identified him as Elmar Gibson.

"My dad was my mentor," said the victim's daughter, Rolanda Gibson. "I feel devastated."

She said her father had gone to buy water at a nearby store and was pushing his shopping cart home when he was struck. He had gone into the street to get around a damaged portion of the sidewalk.

Rolanda Gibson said a witness told her an SUV was speeding when it struck her father, and the vehicle never slowed down.

Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department transported the victim to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact LAPD's South Traffic Division detectives at 323-421-2500.

KTLA's Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.