Police said a man was trying to park his car near 4th and Spring streets at about 9:15 p.m. Thursday when he hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and struck a woman pushing her infant in a stroller.
The boy, Marcello Vasquez, was rushed to a local hospital, where he was declared dead at 2:25 a.m. The mom is said to be OK.
Investigators said the baby stroller ended up pinned between one of the parking meters and the car.
The side walk was packed with people. Authorities said two other people received minor injuries.
Police said at this point it looks to be a horrible accident.
"It doesn't appear to be alcohol or narcotics-related," said Capt. Todd Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Police Department. "It just appears to be a tragic incident, a slip of a foot while trying to park a car on a busy street."
Police said the driver is cooperating with the investigation. No charges have been filed.
An account has been set up for Marcello Vasquez:
Donations will be accepted at Wells Fargo Bank
Routing # 511406216