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Driver who killed 14-year-old Inglewood boy still at large

August 3, 2009 |  9:44 am

Police are searching today for a hit-and-run driver who killed a 14-year-old boy on Imperial Highway in Inglewood.

Semaj Spencer of Inglewood was struck just after 1 a.m. Sunday as he crossed Imperial Highway on foot just east of Crenshaw Boulevard, said Lt. Mac Willie of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Witnesses said the boy was dragged 50 feet before the driver fled the scene.

The car was described as a red or dark red compact sedan with tinted windows and may be a newer model Ford Focus. It probably has extensive front-end damage, police said. Investigators did not know how fast the car was traveling, said Lt. Gabriela Garcia of the Inglewood Police Department.

The boy’s parents, Jerry and Penny Hoover, pleaded Sunday for a suspect to come forward.

"He was a 14-year-old kid trying to grow up," said Jerry Hoover, speaking on local TV news. "He'll never have that opportunity. You took it away. You took it away."

-- Nicole Santa Cruz