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Man crossing street struck and killed by motorists in Inglewood

February 3, 2012 |  8:41 am

A man who was crossing an Inglewood street to get gas for his truck was killed Thursday when he was struck by a pair of vehicles, authorities reported.

The man, in his 70s, was hit as he crossed Crenshaw Boulevard near Hardy Street, Inglewood Police Sgt. Dirk Dewachter said. The man's name has not been released.

The man apparently was helping a friend move when the truck ran out of gas, the Associated Press reported. As he began to cross the street to get to a gas station, the man was struck by two cars, one of which did not stop.

The driver of the first car stopped; the second motorist left the scene. The driver who stopped was not cited. Dewachter said it will be difficult to track down the second car.

"Los Angeles is so vast and, unfortunately, there's no mandate that says [auto] body shops have to report when a car comes in with suspicious damage," he said.

Police are asking for the public's help. Anyone with information should call  police at  (310) 412-5134 or its 24-hour tip line, (888) 41-CRIME.

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