Suspected Hit-and-Run Driver Killed in Crash in Hancock Park While Fleeing Initial Scene

A driver suspected of hitting a pedestrian in Koreatown died after he sped through a red light while fleeing the scene and T-boned an SUV in Hancock Park early Wednesday morning.

A pickup truck that crashed into an SUV is shown Sept. 6, 2017, in Hancock Park. (Credit: ANG News)

A pickup truck that crashed into an SUV is shown Sept. 6, 2017, in Hancock Park. (Credit: ANG News)

The initial incident occurred near the intersection of South Normandie Avenue and Beverly Boulevard when the driver of a white pickup truck struck a pedestrian, Los Angeles Police Department Investigator Juan Velasco said.

The pedestrian, a man believed to be about 50 years old, suffered several minor abrasions and was taken to a local hospital, Velasco said. He is expected to recover.

The driver was fleeing the scene about 12:45 a.m. on Beverly Boulevard when he ran a red light and crashed into a blue SUV that was traveling northbound on North Highland Avenue, Velasco said.

The victim in the SUV suffered some fractured ribs and was taken to a hospital; video from the scene showed him being treated by paramedics and in obvious pain. That SUV was left wrapped around a tree.

The driver of the white pickup, who has not been identified, died at the scene, Velasco said.

A woman who saw the crash administered CPR on the man until paramedics arrived. Another witness, who described the collision as "like an explosion," said the pickup driver was ejected from the truck.

Several "empty containers" were found at the site of the crash, police said.

Both vehicles were totaled, video from the scene showed.

During the collision, a metal “lift spring” from the blue pickup flew off the vehicle, across a residential yard and crashed through the window of a nearby home, where it nearly struck a child who was sleeping in a crib.

The metal piece hit the crib, breaking it, but bounced away without injuring the child. It appeared to be an "all-steel cinderblock," the child's father said.

"We walked inside and his room literally looked like a war zone. There was glass all over, his crib was shattered," said the father, who didn not want to be identified. "Thank God he was OK, though."

KTLA's Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.