25-year-old man fatally struck on 101 Freeway in Hollywood; highway reopens after temporary closure

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A man was fatally struck by a car on the 101 Freeway in Hollywood early Friday morning and the investigation continues as the authorities try to find the driver who fled the scene.

At around 4:30 a.m., the California Highway Patrol received a call about a pedestrian in the roadway on N. Ardmore Avenue, just east of Melrose Avenue.

The CHP said the victim was struck within the No. 2 lane of the freeway at Fountain Avenue. His body was then dragged under the vehicle for about a mile, officials told KTLA. It was unknown why he was on the freeway.

The body of the victim, who was described as 25-year-old African American man in his mid 20s, was found by officers lying in the roadway of the 700 block of N. Ardmore Avenue in East Hollywood.

There was a previous two car crash on the freeway. Investigators are trying to determine if those vehicles were somehow involved in the fatal hit-and-run.

CHP officials said a silver sedan was believed to be the car that fatally struck the victim. The car would have front end damage.

“Regardless of whose fault it is, when you leave the scene of a fatality it’s a pretty serious thing,” CHP Officer Roberto Gomez told KTLA.

Commuters were stuck in traffic early Friday as different areas were shut down, including the Melrose and Sunset offramps, as CHP officers were investigating the fatal hit-and-run crash.

As of 7:15 a.m., the southbound 101 Freeway had reopened.

The investigation into the fatal crash was continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the California Highway Patrol, Central Los Angeles Area office at 213-744-2331.

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