Authorities Searching For Compton Hit-And-Run Suspect Who Critically Injured Postal Worker
LYNWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A postal worker is fighting for her life after a hit-and-run driver struck a parked car, pinning her underneath.
Juan Carlos Mosquera was working Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Santa Fe and Euclid Ave. when a driver slammed into a parked car, leaving postal worker Lydia Ray pinned underneath.
“He must have been going about 80, 90 miles an hour,” Mosquera said.
Photos from the scene show Mosquera holding Ray after she was struck.
“I see that the lady is all bloody under the car, so we have to pick it up and get her out from under the car,” said fellow good Samaritan Israel Hernandez.
Mosquera and other nearby residents were able to free Ray before an ambulance arrived.
“He should have stopped,” Hernandez said. “He got away. It’s a coward move. He should have just stopped, it’s somebody’s life. What if it was his mom or his sister or aunt?”
The postal service described Ray as a 20-year veteran who is well-loved.
“She was a real nice lady, I’ve always talked to her,” Hernandez said.
Ray remains in critical but stable condition after two surgeries.
Sheriff’s officials described the suspect’s car as a blue 1995 to 2000 BMW, which likely has visible front-end damage. Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Compton Station.