A 26-year-old man who was arrested in connection with an Echo Park hit-and-run collision, which killed one teen skateboarder and injured another, claimed to be a victim in a crash, police said Monday.
Sang Won Jung of Los Angeles went to a police station to say he had been the victim of a hit-and-run, according to a news release issued by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officers saw that Jung’s vehicle matched the description of one sought in a crash that occurred about 10 p.m. June 12 at Alvarado and Montrose streets, just south of Sunset Boulevard, leaving two teenage cousins injured, one critically.
Detectives from LAPD’s Central Traffic Division concluded that Jung was the driver at the time of the crash, and placed him under arrest on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, the release stated.
Christian Donis, 15, was brain dead and his family was at his bedside at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed Sunday.
LAPD on Monday said the teen died at 1:50 p.m. Sunday.
At a vigil near the scene of the crash, friends remembered Christian Donis as a fun person who wanted to be a professional skater.
A fundraising page that was set up on GoFundMe.com to raise money for the boy's funeral costs stated that Camino Nuevo Charter Academy was "devastated by the loss of our dear student, Christian Donis."
"Christian was a remarkable son, brother, cousin, student, and friend. Our entire school community is devastated by this loss," the page stated.
Classmates were wearing white ribbons all week to honor the teenager's memory.
"It shows that we care about him and we love him," said friend Ben Ogieriakhi.
His cousin, 13-year-old Adam Donis, was treated for minor injuries but was not hospitalized, police said Monday. He was with family, according to LAPD.
The teens were crossing Alvarado on their skateboards when they were struck, according to police.
The vehicle that fled was described by LAPD as a white Toyota Venza compact SUV from between model years 2012 and 2014 with front-end damage.
Police on Saturday night had described the then-unidentified suspect as a 28-year-old from Tujunga.
He was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and was released about 3 a.m. Sunday on $50,000 bail, county inmate records indicated. He was due in court July 9.
KTLA's Kennedy Ryan contributed to this story.