HUNTINGTON PARK (CBSLA) – A 14-year-old boy remains in a coma after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while biking in Huntington Park last weekend.
At about 9:50 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, Angel Acevedo was bicycling in the 6800 block of Wilmington Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle, according to Huntington Park police.
The boy was rushed by ambulance to LAC+USC Medical Center with critical injuries. His mother Monica Maldonado told CBS2 Wednesday that her son is in a coma.
“He’s in an induced coma right now because of the brain swelling that he has…he has a fracture on his skull. He’s breathing through a tube,” she said. “It’s very tough, no mother should see their kid like that.”
Police say a bystander who came to the aid of Acevedo saw a vehicle speeding down Wilmington just prior to the collision, but did not witness the collision itself.
A neighbor who lives near where the hit-and-run happened says two weeks earlier, a pair of speeding drivers crashed into her fence.
“It’s our community and we try to watch out for it but unfortunately we have some speed demons that don’t watch out,” said Kathy Wilkins.
Authorities have not released any suspect information or a description of the suspect’s vehicle, but Maldanado says the car may have been a Nissan Maxima. It’s unclear if the crash was captured by surveillance cameras.
Anyone with information on the crash should call Huntington Park police at 323-826-6615.