Hit-and-Run Driver Sought in South L.A. Crash That Injured 4-Year-Old Boy

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Police were asking for the public's help Friday in identifying the hit-and-run driver that struck a 4-year-old boy in a marked crosswalk in South Los Angeles earlier in the week.

Abel Lezama was hit while walking with his older sister and their mother around 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday, surveillance video of the crash showed.

A tan or beige-colored Dodge minivan hit Abel in the intersection of Figueroa and 43rd streets, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

The boy was thrown several feet by the impact, the video showed.

The driver slowed for a moment but then continued south on Figueroa Street without stopping or rendering aid, the release stated.

Abel was taken to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries, according to police.

A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this incident, or has more information, was asked to call South Traffic Division Detectives, Investigator Yount at 323-421-2500.

Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cellphone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.


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