15-year-old pedestrian killed in high-speed rollover crash in Lancaster

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A 15-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car that overturned and hit a wall Thursday evening in Lancaster, family members and authorities said. (Frommer Vision)

A 15-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car that overturned and hit a wall Thursday evening in Lancaster, family members and authorities said.

The collision happened about 10 p.m. at the intersection of 32nd Street West and Avenue L, where a vehicle had come to a stop as pedestrians were crossing the street, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesperson.

That vehicle was rear-ended by a car that then went around and struck the teenager, investigators said. The suspect's car subsequently hit an embankment, rolled over twice and slammed into a brick wall.

The victim, whose mother witnessed the incident, was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

He was identified by family as Adrian Smith.

The driver of the overturned sedan was hospitalized with minor injuries, sheriff's officials said, adding that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

An investigation was ongoing to determine which possible charges may be filed in the incident.

"Look at this. That tells you right there -- he was out of control," Terri Smith, the victim's mother, said of the driver in an interview at the crash site. "I don't know if he was drunk, or what the case may be. And he hit the other car hard. ... My son is deceased now. He's no longer here."

A GoFundMe has been created to help pay for Adrian's funeral expenses.

The motorist whose vehicle was rear-ended fled the scene and was being sought by authorities as a witness.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the sheriff's Lancaster station at (661) 948-8466.

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