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Christian Vega Echo Park Teen Dies After Riverside Drive and Newell Street Pedestrian Accident

Boy, 17, Struck by Vehicle, Dies at Hospital

 ECHO PARK: Teen Dies After Riverside Drive and Newell Street Pedestrian AccidentLOS ANGELES, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2019) – Christian Vega, 17, of Los Angeles, was struck and killed by a vehicle in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles, police said.

The teenager was struck about 9:30 p.m. as he crossed at Riverside Drive and Newell Street, just west of the Golden State (5) Freeway. Police say he was in a crosswalk when a 44-year-old woman driving a 2012 Toyota Camry struck him as she drove southbound on Riverside Drive. She told authorities she entered the intersection on a green light, according to the Los Angeles Police

The boy was carried on the hood of the car for roughly 100 feet prior to it stopping. At that time, the victim slid off the car’s hood and landed on the street.

The driver and her passengers got out and tried to help the victim as they awaited police and paramedics. The victim was transported to a hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department. but he later died of his injuries at a hospital.

The driver cooperated and police do not suspect alcohol and or drugs.

Witnesses are asked to call Detective Campos at (213) 486-0755 or Officer Ko at (213) 486-0764 or LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives at (213) 833-3713.

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