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Hit-and-run in kills teen in South Los Angeles

Yet another rash of hit-and-run accidents have plagued Los Angeles streets. In this latest incident, police have been actively searching in South Los Angeles for a white Nissan Maxima in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left a teenager dead.

Authorities state that the four-door Nissan sedan that fled the scene after the accident might have possible front-end damage.

The victim, who was 16 years old, was struck while in a crosswalk on Normandie Avenue near 42nd Street. The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. The teen was an usher at St. Cecilia Catholic church and was leaving a youth group meeting.

Authorities state the incident was worsened, as several of the victim's fellow church friends and family member witnessed the deadly collision.

Those same friends and family members also blame the intersection for the death of the 16-year-old, saying they have continually asked for the city to install a traffic signal at the busy corner where the hit-and-run took place. The victim's mother maintains a belief that flashing lights should be a must for such a dangerous intersection.

"I just want to make sure that all the politicians, everybody who is listening, will do something," she said. "It will be a blessing for my son to have a safety zone, so that what happened to him won't happen to anybody else."

Beyond being religious, the victim was said to be a star pupil, a great friend, but most importantly, a loving brother and son.

"I thank God because he was coming from church, and that's a blessing," the victim's mother went on to say. "I know he's with God, and that's all that matters."

It is horrific how, in this case, a hit-and-run can destroy a promising young life. If authorities can identify the driver responsible for the hit-and-run accident, charges will likely be filed. In addition, the family of the teenager that was killed may be able to file a civil suit against the driver for wrongful death. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide more information about the family's rights and options in such a case.

ABC7 News, "South Los Angeles fatal hit-and-run: White Nissan Maxima Sought" Q McCray, Sep. 14, 2013

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