61-year-old man fatally struck in hit-and-run crash in South LA; driver sought

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Monday, October 7, 2019
Man fatally struck in hit-and-run crash in South LA
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A 61-year-old man died after he was hit by a hit-and-run driver in South Los Angeles, police say.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Police are searching for the driver who struck a 61-year-old man in a fatal hit-and-run in South Los Angeles early Sunday morning.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Figueroa Street at about 3:40 a.m., Los Angeles police said.

LAPD said the victim, 61-year-old Wardell Nelson Jr., was crossing eastbound Manchester Boulevard at Figueroa Street on the south side crosswalk when he was struck by a fleeing driver in an unknown vehicle.

Another vehicle hit Nelson as he "laid motionless on the ground," but that driver remained on the scene, police said in a news release.

Nelson died at the scene.

Relatives of Nelson say he had been living on the streets by his own choice.

They say they are shocked and upset a driver struck him and left him in the street, but hope police receive information that leads to an arrest.