A hit-and-run motorist fleeing the scene of a collision on the Hollywood (101) Freeway Friday crashed the vehicle a short time later in the Westlake area of Los Angeles and died at a hospital, authorities said.
Paramedics were sent to the 2600 block of West Temple Street, near Benton Way, about 7:45 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The name of the fatally injured man, who was 24, was withheld, pending notification of relatives.
According to KTLA5, the suspect’s Lexus had been involved in a crash with another vehicle on the freeway, but the suspect failed to stop and exchange information with the other motorist, who flagged down a sheriff’s deputy who was also on the freeway.
The deputy spotted the Lexus and tried to stop the driver, who fled, Los Angeles police Detective Juan Campos told KTLA5. The deputy stayed with the hit-and-run victim, while the Lexus continued south on Benton Way in the Westlake District.
When the driver reached Temple Street, he hit a dip in the road, lost control and crashed into the front of another vehicle, Campos said. The Lexus rolled over and caught fire.
The driver of the other vehicle involved in the second crash was OK, but complained of pain. Video from the scene showed the Lexus charred after the crash and fire.