LINCOLN HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — A 10-year-old boy was listed in critical but stable condition Wednesday after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in the Hollenbeck area.
The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of North Main and Sichel streets in Lincoln Heights, the LAPD said.
The boy and his 11-year-old friend were crossing the street in a crosswalk when the 10-year-old was hit by a dark-colored vehicle.
The victim’s friend was not harmed.
KCAL9’s Andrea Fugii spoke with Diane Barragan, who witnessed the accident, and said the boy was thrown about 30 feet after being struck by the car, which didn’t slow down.
“He’s so full of life,” Barragan shared. “For him to get hit like this; He didn’t deserve it.”
She said the boy would come to the neighborhood store daily to buy a lollipop.
“Video footage shows the driver in the vehicle swerving to avoid striking the young boy, however, the driver never stops and continues southbound on North Main Street,” Det. Felix Padilla said.
Officers were not able to read the license plate number off of the vehicle due to the quality of the video.
The boy was transported to County-USC Medical Center with head trauma, a pelvic fracture and internal bleeding.
Anyone with information should contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division at (213)833-3713.