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Teen Fatally Struck in South L.A. Hit-and-Run

Nathaniel Mota, 17, was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was walking in a marked crosswalk in South Los Angeles.

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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.

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A makeshift memorial for Nathaniel Mota, near the crosswalk were he was fatally struck Friday night.

“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.

Dozens of people attended a vigil Wednesday night in South L.A. for Nathaniel Mota on what would have been his 17th birthday.

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Dozens attend vigil for hit-and-run victim, Nathaniel Mota. (KTLA News)

Mota was in a marked crosswalk at 42nd Street and Normandie Avenue on Friday night when he was struck by a white late-model Nissan Maxima.

The driver just kept going, police said.

Mota and his family had just left Iglesia Catolica Santa Cecilia church.

There was no description of the driver who was still on the loose.

“I forgive him.  Nothing is going to bring my son back,” Nathaniel’s mother Lissette Mota said.

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A teenager was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver outside a South L.A. Church on Friday. (KTLA News)

But those attending the vigil hope that some good will come from the young man’s deaths.

Family members and neighborhood residents are calling for a traffic signal at the busy intersection.

“That’s what we are trying to do, get the word out.  Many kids cross here for school,” Jessica Peralta said.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run were urged to call the LAPD at 877-LAPD-24-7 or 877-527-3247.

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