A motorist allegedly responsible for the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian in South Los Angeles has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday.
Jorge Hernandez Pena was arrested in the death of Wardell Nelson, 61, who was fatally injured while crossing Manchester Boulevard at Figueroa Street at about 3:40 a.m. on Oct. 6, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Detectives planned a news conference later Wednesday at the LAPD South Traffic Division offices to discuss the case.
After Nelson was struck by the hit-and-run vehicle, he was hit by a second vehicle, whose driver remained at the scene, police said.
“Jorge Hernandez Pena fled the scene, failing to stop and render aid after striking the pedestrian,” an LAPD statement said.
“South Traffic Division Detectives canvassed the area for video footage and additional evidence. After locating video at several locations, South Traffic Division Detectives identified the suspect and his vehicle. The suspect was subsequently arrested,” the statement said.
Detectives asked anyone who saw the crash to call them at 323-421-2500.