Detectives Search for Good Samaritan Who Took Dying Teen to Hospital

The good Samaritan is not a suspect in the death of a 19-year-old North Hollywood man, officials say

By Andrew Lopez
|  Friday, Feb 7, 2014  |  Updated 11:37 AM PDT
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Search for Man Who Brought Dying Teen to Hospital

Los Angeles Police Department

Authorities are trying to identify a man who rushed a dying 19-year-old man to a hospital on Jan. 31. The man is not a suspect in the teen's death, police say.

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Detectives are trying to identify a good Samaritan who rushed the limp body of a dying 19-year-old man to a Panorama City emergency room on Jan. 31.

The unidentified man could be seen on surveillance footage pulling up to a hospital around 1:50 a.m. in a silver four-door car carrying several other people, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The good Samaritan carried Ricardo Saija from the car to the hospital, but left before he could be questioned.

“The Good Samaritan is not a suspect,” said Det. Gretchen Schultz in a statement. “We know the helpful friend was distraught over Ricardo’s situation, but he left the hospital without identifying himself.”

Saija, of North Hollywood, was later pronounced dead by doctors. Authorities found evidence that indicated Saija was heavily involved in drugs and that his death was likely caused by an overdose.

Saija’s official cause of death has not yet been released.

Authorities said the man appears to be Hispanic with a medium build and short hair. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 818-838-9951. 

Watch surveillance video here:

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