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Boy, 3, Critical Following Boyle Heights Hit-And-Run Crash

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BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — A 3-year-old boy is in critical condition following a hit-and-run crash in Boyle Heights.

Officials say the hit-and-run driver ran a stop sign at Cornwell Street at Sheridan just after 2 a.m. Saturday.

The driver was in a black 1993 Honda Civic, according to Los Angeles Police Detective Felix Padilla.

The boy was in a 2000 Toyota Echo with two other passengers. The 3-year-old boy was ejected from his car seat upon the collision. The Toyota slammed into a light pole.

Paramedics took the boy to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.

Rachel Kim, reporting for CBS2/KCAL9, spoke to an eyewitness.

The eyewitness — who did not want to be identified — told Kim he saw the crash from his balcony. He went down to help.

The witness said he heard the mother ask another little boy, “Where’s the baby? Where’s the baby.  She turned and saw the car seat was empty. They looked around and the little boy was actually standing, walking around all full of blood.”

He said the driver of the Honda was going 60-70 miles per hour and took off running after the collision.

The mother and other boy are okay, reported Kim.

Traffic detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the crash to call (213) 972-1840.

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