A 15-year-old boy died after he was struck by a truck while riding his skateboard in a Pico Rivera crosswalk on Friday, and a driver accused of hitting him and fleeing the scene was in custody, officials said.
The deadly collision took place about 3 p.m. at Paramount Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Nabeel Mitry.
The young victim was riding a skateboard across the roadway, within a marked crosswalk, with three others when he was hit by a box truck, the lieutenant said. The truck fled the scene.
The badly injured boy was rushed to a hospital, but could not be saved, officials said. He was soon pronounced dead.
With help from witnesses who took down the truck’s license plate, deputies found the truck and driver believed to have been be involved in the hit-and-run several miles away in the neighboring city of Whittier, officials said. The driver, initially described as a 58-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run. His identity was not immediately available.
KTLA’s Nancy Fontan contributed to this report.