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

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

 
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What's a 14 year old doing out at 1AM anyway????

This is really tragic.The driver is to blame, however, If this 14 year old kid, "trying to grow up", was home in bed at 1am instead of wandering the streets, he would have that chance to grow up.

I hope they find the driver soon. I hope other parents realize that they must get a handle on their children's behavior and be responsible for their whereabouts.

I live very close to where this tragic accident happened; I've lived there for over 30 years and raised two daughters. I would have never, never allowed a 14 year old to be out in the streets at this time of night, let alone on foot. What were the parents thinking?

WHERE WERE THIS CHILD'S PARENTS?????
What is a 14-year-old doing "hanging out" without adult supervision at 1 a.m.? This child was killed jaywalking, or really "jay-running" across Imperial Highway, a major thoroughfare, with kids his age.
Yes, the driver is responsible for not stopping after the accident, but he hit Semaj in the roadway, where Semaj was not supposed to be, and not in a crosswalk.
But if Semaj had been supervised by his parents, or some other responsible adult, he would not be dead. That's the bottom line.

I am relative to Semaj and also a resident in the Inglewood Area. He was not out wandering 1am without his parents knowing his whereabouts. As a teen his mom was allowing her children freedom to attend a neighborhood party without supervision because it was so close to home. His mom Penny who is an outstanding mom who provides nothing but love and care for her children. Unforunately we cant question's God's judgement and this was already in his plan. I ask that you please dont judge and pray for strength for our family as we overcome this tragic lost. We thank everyone for there concern & support...Blessings

semaj was a very good friend.......he was really funny and always made me laugh with his funny jokes.....i will always remember him as he walked into the class with his speakers and jerking to the music......it doesnt matter what he was doing at that time ,they still didnt have the right to do such a thing....he didnt deserve to die that way.....we will miss you so much.......R.I.P. SEMAJ SPENCER

It's so sad that our friend is gone, I remember the last week of middle school, he was probably one of the most funniest kids I've ever met..... R.I.P. Semaj we will never forget you...

I WORKED THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND BECAME VERY FOND OF SEMAJ. I TRULY HATE THIS I PRAY FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY AND THAT GOD WILL SEE TO IT THAT HTE PERSON WHO DID THIS WILL COME FORWARD . TO THE HOOVER I PRAY THAT AS YOUR FAMILY GOES THROUGH THIS TRAGIC MOMENT YOU ALL EMBRACE ONE ANOTHER AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER BECAUSE WE CANT SAY NO MORE THAN SORRY BUT YOUR FAMILY WILL ALWAYS BE AT ONE R.I.P SEMAJ LOVE MS. O

hwew my dear


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