Police and family members of a 5-year-old boy struck and killed by an SUV outside his South Los Angeles home urged witnesses Wednesday to come forward with information that helps find the hit-and-run driver.
The crash was reported about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at 82nd Street and Towne Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Sal Ramirez. Ronald Neal died at a hospital.
According to reports from the scene, the boy ran into the street in front of his home right before he was struck.
The suspect vehicle is a mid-1990s faded dark green Chevrolet Suburban with tinted rear windows and front end damage from the crash. The SUV was last seen headed west, police said.
The driver is believed to be man between 19 and 25 years old who had a passenger of about the same age.
Police and family members gathered at the accident scene to seek the public’s help.
“You dragged my baby, and it’s just not right. It’s not right for me to have to suffer ….,” the boy’s tearful mother said.
The child’s adult cousin also had a message for the motorist and his passenger.
“I just wanted to say to the driver, (and the) passenger — think about your nephew, think about your little brother, think about your family members,” she said. “If this was to happen to your family member, you would want that person to come forward, and to turn themselves in. It’s only the right thing to do. And on behalf of our family, we just solicit your prayers; that God would give us strength to get through this tragic time that we’re going through.
And I speak to each and every one that’s listening; if you know anything — anything — please step forward and think about this 5-year-old baby whose life ended,” she said.
A standing $50,000 reward is offered by the Los Angeles City Council for information in fatal hit-and-run investigations. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call (877) LAPD-247.
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