Teen killed, mother, 2 other children injured in South LA hit-and-run crash

A teenager has died after a high-speed hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, and police are searching for the driver accused of causing the crash.

It happened just before 8 a.m. in the area near East 111th Place and South Main Street.

According to authorities, a preliminary investigation indicates the driver of a silver Mercedes-Benz sedan was speeding and ran a red light, crashing into a silver Toyota SUV.

One woman who witnessed the crash, told FOX 11 that she pleaded with the driver before he walked away.

"He's like, ‘I killed them kids? I killed them?’ and I said ‘Yes,’" the woman told FOX 11's Cristy Fajardo.

According to LAPD, the Mercedes was going so fast that it pushed the SUV more than 100 feet. The SUV had four people inside — a 35-year-old mother, 16-year-old, 13-year-old boy, and 18-month-old boy. All four were extricated from the car and taken to the hospital. 

One of the children was pronounced dead at the hospital. The toddler in the car was in grave condition Monday night.

Authorities are looking for the suspect in the silver Mercedes who ran away from the scene. He is described as a man in his mid-30s wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans. Authorities also believe the suspect is injured.

"I do believe this individual is injured," said LAPD officer Gerald Echevarria. "So we're looking into that, checking other locations, hospitals."

A white SUV in the area was also hit during the crash. A boy sitting in the passenger seat was not seriously inured.


Authorities are reviewing surveillance video from the laundromat and continue to ask the public to come forward with any information that may help the investigation.