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Driver sought in fatal hit-and-run in Watts

April 22, 2012 |  9:12 pm

A hit-and-run driver in a pearl white Cadillac Escalade was being sought by police after he killed a man and injured the man's daughter when he ran over them in a crosswalk in South Los Angeles, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.

The 38-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene early Friday evening, and his 7-year-old daughter was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, where she remains in critical condition, CHP officers said.

The hit-and-run occurred at the intersection of Santa Ana Boulevard and Watts Avenue around 5:50 p.m. Friday in an unincorporated part of south Los Angeles County, CHP officials said.

The Cadillac ran over the father and daughter while they were in the crosswalk, then it sped away. A CHP officer described the driver as a heavyset Latino man with short hair and a goatee, wearing a white T-shirt and a gold chain. The Cadillac had front-end damage and flaked paint and was missing the hood ornament.

CHP investigators are seeking information to help them find the vehicle and the driver. Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP at (323) 259-2010.


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