5-year-old boy killed in Gardena hit-and-run crash

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner
Police on Monday are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck two people, including a young boy who was killed, in a crash in Gardena over the weekend.

The incident was reported around 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Marine and Budlong avenues.

The pedestrians were trying to cross the street in a crosswalk when they were hit by an unidentified vehicle.

The scene of the fatal hit and run at Marine and Budlong in Gardena. Feb. 12, 2024 (SBR)

One of the victims was taken to the hospital in unknown condition and the other was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

The fatally struck victim was later identified by officials as 5-year-old Patrick Mateo Chacon.

The second pedestrian was believed to be Chacon’s grandmother, the Daily Breeze reported.

The driver is believed to have fled on Budlong Avenue following the crash.

A growing memorial is seen at the site of a fatal hit-and-run crash that took place in Gardena on Feb. 11, 2023. (KTLA)

No information regarding the vehicle or driver has been released.

Video from the scene Monday showed a growing memorial of candles, balloons and a stuffed animal.

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The collision occurred just hours after another pedestrian was killed less than two miles away near the intersection of Vermont Avenue and El Segundo Boulevard.

Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department took the victim to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver remained at the scene.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.