South LA hit-and-run: LAPD steps up efforts to find driver who severely injured teen

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles police were out in force this week in South Los Angeles, hoping someone can help them find a hit-and-run driver who severely injured a 15-year-old boy earlier this month.

The Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division conducted a checkpoint to pass out fliers, trying to generate some new leads.

On Aug. 6, Roberto Diaz was riding his bike when he was struck at 37th Street and Maple, then dragged to Martin Luther King, Junior Boulevard and Woodlawn.

Police say Diaz was struck by the car and dragged 1,500 feet after the hit-and-run driver allegedly blew through a stop sign.

The suspect vehicle is described as a blue Honda Accord or Civic.

Diaz's sister was at the checkpoint Wednesday night. She had a tearful message for the driver:

"Can you please turn yourself in. My brother didn't deserve this," Edith Martinez said.

Diaz has undergone at least six surgeries as doctors hope to save his arm and leg.

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Police say a teen was struck by a car and dragged 1,500 feet after the hit-and-run driver allegedly blew through a stop sign in South Los Angeles.

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