An investigation continued Monday into the fatal beating and carjacking of a 57-year-old man outside his home in San Fernando, police said.
Dario Rojas drove up to his house in the 11300 block of Acala Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Saturday and parked his 1997 Toyota RAV4, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.
A security guard at Encino Tarzana Hospital, his usual routine was to leave the SUV running while he opened the gate to the driveway, according to his sister, Virginia Kelly.
"Someone must've jumped him, maybe from behind," while his elderly mother was inside the home, Kelly said in a tearful interview.
He was attacked by a man who then got into the SUV and drove away, the police statement said.
Rojas was left bleeding in the driveway, his sister said, adding that his wallet and other belongings were not stolen.
"I just hope that, after the first two blows, he didn't feel anything," she said.
A neighbor, who declined to be publicly identified, said he ran outside after Rojas was heard crying for help.
He said he saw the victim "gasping for air," then called 911 and waited for emergency responders.
"Seeing somebody dying in front of me … it's just said," he added.
Los Angeles Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene and transported Rojas to a hospital, where he later died of his injuries, according to the LAPD.
The vehicle was later found in Panorama City and impounded for evidence, police said.
The assailant was described only as Hispanic. It was unclear whether he knew the victim.
"If he wanted the car, he should've just taken the car. He didn't have to kill him," Kelly said.
Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Detective Gene Parshall of the Mission Division's Homicide Unit at 818-838-9954. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477) or texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).