LAPD police cruiser. Photo courtesy the LAPD
LAPD police cruiser. Photo courtesy the LAPD

Police want the public’s help in identifying the killer who left the scene after fatally striking a 15-year-old boy in Palms while driving a stolen sedan.

The teen was crossing mid-block when he was struck about 8:40 p.m. Sunday in the 9900 block of Venice Boulevard at Hughes Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The car was a maroon 2001 Buick LeSabre, California license plate number 7KWC773.  The sedan, which had an attached bicycle rack, was reported stolen earlier this month, LAPD Lt. Joseph Sanchez said. It was last seen heading west on Venice Boulevard.

The coroner’s office has not yet released the name of the victim, identified in news reports as Jack Phoenix.

Anyone with information about the driver was urged to call LAPD Detective Mustafa Hassanzai at (213) 486-0690. After-hours and weekend calls can be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be supplied by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

— Wire reports 

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