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Pedestrian killed; daughter speaks out

November 11, 2008 8:17:07 AM PST
Los Angeles police detectives want the public's help finding a hit-and-run driver who killed a man crossing the street in Tarzana on Monday.According to witnesses, the driver apparently stopped momentarily in Oxnard Street after hitting the 55-year-old male victim, then sped off.

A pickup truck hit Charles Lawson from Northridge as he was crossing Oxnard Street, west of Donna Avenue. The driver of that vehicle had pulled over to try to help when Lawson he was hit by a second vehicle, a mid-sized car, traveling eastbound at about 5:40 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The driver of the second vehicle reportedly got out of his car, took a look, then got back Lawson was declared dead at the scene.

Lawson's daughter spoke with Eyewitness News on Tuesday, and she believes her father was on his way to see her.

"I didn't think he would die like this. I thought he would die in a hospital on his bed or something, a hospital bed. But it caught me off guard that somebody hit my father, and doesn't care," Georgia Lawson said.

"He didn't have to go like this," she said.

The suspect was described as a man about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 200 pounds, brown hair, and was balding on the top. He also wore glasses, had a mustache, and was wearing a brown/khaki flannel jacket at the time of the crash, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) LAPD-24-7.

Eyewitness News Reporter Lisa Hernandez and City News Service contributed to this story.


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