WILMINGTON (CBSLA.com) – Police arrested two people and were searching for two others in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Wilmington Thursday afternoon.
Los Angeles police report that a Ford F-150 pickup truck was turning left when it swerved and drove up onto a sidewalk at about 3:17 p.m. and struck four people at the intersection of North Fries Avenue and East E Street. One person died and three others were hurt. Their conditions were not confirmed.
Four people who were in the pickup at the time jumped out of the vehicle and ran, police said. Two of them, both teenagers, were arrested and two remained at large, according to investigators.
The deceased victim was identified as Javier Heredia, 58.
Investigators say Heredia worked at the West Coast Aerospace manufacturing plant in Wilmington and was outside on his lunch break when the driver of the vehicle lost control.
“You took a great man away from a beautiful family,” Richard Heredia said. “Today I was the last person he hugged.”
Police would not yet say what caused the driver to lose control.