Mother Of Teen Nearly Killed In Atwater Village Hit-And-Run Speaks Out
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The mother of a local teen nearly killed in a hit-and-run crash last month is making a plea for the driver to do the right thing.
Police are still searching for the motorist involved in the collision that severely injured 18-year-old Skyler Streeter in the Atwater Village area on May 21.
The victim’s family told KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper Skyler was struck on Fletcher Drive between Larga Avenue and Atwater Avenue as he was crossing the street on his way home.
His mother, Valerie Streeter, said her son had just celebrated his birthday and was two weeks away from graduating from John Marshall High School with a 3.9 GPA before he was hospitalized in critical condition.
“How could you walk away from him knowing that you’re responsible for this person?” she asked.
Valerie said her son is now fighting for his life at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. But she’s hopeful authorities will find the person responsible.
“They have to feel what they have done. But hopefully the truth will come out of this,” she said.
A security video shows Skyler stepping off the curb and a car hitting him, causing him to fly in the air and land on the street.
Valerie says her son was two blocks away from their Atwater Village home when he was struck just after 8 p.m. She heard sirens and knew something bad had happened.
“Five minutes later [I got a call] on the phone. He said, ‘Skyler just got hit and it’s bad.’ And it has been bad,” she recalled.
Skyler remains in a coma. His family and friends have been by his side since the accident.
Friends with Skyler that night describe the car as a white BMW convertible.
His mother says she is also praying for the person who hit her son.
“Think about him and put that in their prayers. I’ll pray for them too,” she said.
After graduating Skyler had plans to join the Marines and later become a police officer.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call police detectives Meneses or Yamamoto at (213) 486-0752 or (877) LAPD-247.