Man Charged in Connection With Killing 5-Year-Old Boy in South L.A. Hit-and-Run Crash

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A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy in a South Los Angeles hit-and-run crash last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Ronald Neal is seen in an image provided by family members.

Homer Watford, of Los Angeles, pleaded not guilty to hit-and-run driving and driving when privilege has been suspended or revoked after a previous offense.

Watford is suspected of hitting Ronald Neal on March 14 near the intersection of 82nd Street and Towne Avenue in the Florence neighborhood.

Watford apparently did not stop at the scene of the crash, but turned himself in the following day, officials said.

The boy was taken to a local hospital, where he died, Los Angeles Police officials said.

Ronald’s mother said the boy was possibly trying to help catch a neighbor’s dog that had gotten loose when he ran into the street and was struck. He would not have run into the street under normal circumstances, she said.

His bail was set at $50,000 and he faces up to four years in prison if convicted as charged.

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