LAPD wants help tracking down driver who struck skateboarder, fled scene

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The Los Angeles Police Department is offering $5,000 for the public’s help in tracking down a driver who struck and injured a 14-year-old skateboarder in South Los Angeles in February.

The boy, whose identity has not been released, was riding on a sidewalk along Ursula Avenue in Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw just before 7 a.m. on Feb. 2, police said in a news release.

Video shared by police showed the teen turn down a driveway in between parked vehicles before he was struck by an SUV, which police say then continued north on Ursula without stopping.

Police said they believe the vehicle is a silver or gray four-door SUV, perhaps a Honda Element or Honda Pilot.

The teen, meanwhile, suffered “pain to his hand and elbow,” police said.

A reward of up to $5,000 is available for help in tracking down the driver and bringing the case to a criminal conviction or civil settlement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Hurd at 323-421-2500.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

To report information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go directly to lacrimestoppers.org.

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About the Author
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.