Pedestrian fatally hit by driver trying to flee LAPD in stolen vehicle

A man was struck and killed Thursday morning in South Los Angeles by the driver of a stolen car who was being chased by police, authorities said.

Los Angeles Police Department officers attempted to arrest the driver around 12:30 p.m. in the Florence neighborhood. The driver did not stop and officers initiated a chase but called it off two minutes later when the driver began driving erratically and at unsafe speeds on surface roads, according to Officer Annie Hernández.

The LAPD continued to follow the driver by air. But near the intersection of Florence and South Central Avenues, the stolen car struck the pedestrian, a man in his 50s who may have been trying to cross the street, police said.

The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the LAPD.

The driver, identified only as a 42-year-old female, was taken to a local hospital after complaining of pain following the crash, Hernandez said.

After being treated, she will be transported to prison for reservation. It is unclear what charges she will face in relation to the stolen vehicle, pursuit and death of the pedestrian.




Los Angeles Times

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