Police, Family Hope Public Can Find Driver In Deadly Hit-And-Run

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Jose Granados stands vigil at his now deceased son's bedside. (credit: Janet Espinoza)

Jose Granados stands vigil at his now deceased son’s bedside. (credit: Janet Espinoza)

NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Police and family of a North Hollywood teen killed in a hit-and-run last month are hoping the public can identify the driver.

Adrianna Weingold, reporting for KCAL9, spoke to Jose Granados, the victim’s devastated father. “We just held his hand. I run my fingers through his hair and tell him how much I love him. But to no avail,” he said.

It’s been one month since 18-year-old David Alexander Granados was hit and killed while riding home on his bicycle. A driver in a white Mercedes SUV ran a red light, struck Granados and fled. Witnesses said the driver was going at least 50 mph.

Video from an LAPD security camera shows the Mercedes crossing the intersection at Oxnard Street and Bellaire Avenue on March 24th.

Jose Granados cannot believe the driver didn’t stop. “If some people sometime hit a dog they stop to help the dog. And he couldn’t try to help my boy. It was a kid,” he said.

Police say the driver is an older man.

David Granados was rushed to the hospital where he died two days later. For his family, the pain has been unbearable. “We think about him, we don’t hear his voice we know he’s not here, but everything reminds us of him. And it’s been hard.”

If you have any information about this hit-and-run you’re asked to call the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division.

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