A pedestrian who was the victim in a hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles on Wednesday night has died from injuries he sustained in the crash.
CBS Local in Los Angeles reports that Rafi no Miranda, 47, was crossing the street at the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and East 81st Street when the driver of a dark-colored Ford Fusion hit him at a high rate of speed. Investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department said that Miranda was stuck to the windshield of the Ford Fusion. That’s when the driver put his vehicle in reverse in order to get Miranda’s body off the hood of his car and drove off.
The driver then drove away from the scene, leaving Miranda who was still alive, for dead. The driver then made a right turn at the intersection off of Avalon Boulevard and onto East 81st Street and disappeared. Eyewitnesses at the scene told CBS reporters that the driver had to have known that they’d hit the victim.
When paramedics arrived on the scene, Miranda was still fighting for his life. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment but later died from his injuries.
Friends and neighbors who live and work in the area where the fatal hit-and-run-crash were shaken by the callousness of what happened, but they know that Avalon Boulevard can be dangerous. In the area where Miranda was hit, there are no marked crosswalks. Residents know that they have to be careful when they cross the street.
Los Angeles Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them. A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for anyone with information that leads to an arrest of the suspect driver in the crash.