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.