National Guard member killed in Boyle Heights hit-run crash

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True Cowan, 24, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Boyle Heights on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.

A 24-year-old National Guard member was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Boyle Heights early Monday morning.

Just after midnight, the victim, later identified by family as True Cowan, was hit at the intersection of Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Chicago Street at about 12:20 a.m.

Authorities said the Cowan was dragged more than 100 feet, and his body was dislodged from the suspect's car after the suspect drove into a driveway behind a business. Police said the driver then backed out from the driveway and fled north on Chicago Street.

Cowan suffered multiple blunt force trauma injuries and was taken to LAC+USC Medical Center. He died from his injuries at the hospital. The family of Cowan gathered at the site of the deadly crash Monday evening.

"He loved his family, his dad. I know he missed his dad. So I'm happy they're together, but not happy he's not with me," Cowan's girlfriend Wendy Perez while said holding back tears.

According to family, Cowan died just days after the death of his father. Cowan moved to Los Angeles two years ago from Indiana to join the National Guard and was finishing his degree at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills.

Authorities said the car may have damage to the left front and undercarriage parts of the car. There were no descriptions of the driver or car.

While Cowan's family said they were in disbelief someone would leave him to die in the street, they said they would forgive the driver if the driver were to turn themselves in to police.

Anyone with information on the incident was urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) 527-3247.

A memorial fund has been set up by Cowan's family. You can find it by visiting

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