RESEDA (CBSLA.com) — Police now say they are looking for two drivers in a fatal hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a 22-year-old pedestrian earlier this month.
The fatal crash happened just after 2 a.m. December 2 at the intersection of Reseda Boulevard and Topham Street. Originally, police were looking for a 1997 or 1998 Chevy Tahoe.
Tommy Price was walking home when he was struck by the Tahoe. Now police tell CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Amanda Burden that they are looking for a second driver, as well — this one in a dark-colored compact.
Police said neither driver pulled over to help the victim or call authorities.
Price, a college student, was taken to the hospital where he died from brain trauma.
Earlier this month, the man’s mother — Alice Price — told CBS2 and KCAL9 her son had aspirations of being a firefighter. “It’s not something that I ever planned in my life…to ever have to bury my son before me,” said Price. “There’s a very deep void. We’ll miss him forever and love him forever.”
Thursday, police released a portion of surveillance tape they are hoping will lead to the capture of both suspects.
Burden spoke to Price’s mother Thursday and she is having trouble believing not one, but two people, struck her son and failed to render aid. “I just can’t even grasp it right now. I’m just so disgusted having two drivers run over my son and not stopping, nobody doing the right thing, and nobody coming forward.”
Thomas was her only child and her best friend. “He was very kind and generous and a very loving child that had many friends. He was my best friend, and my guardian, my protector, my son.”
Luis Garcia of the LAPD is also having trouble reconciling two drivers hitting Price and not one stopping. “At this point, just do the right thing. Go to your local police department and turn yourself in … so we can help out the family of the victim.”
April was looking forward to this Christmas with her son. But she buried him yesterday. “This is Christmas and I have sympathy cards in my house instead of Christmas cards.”