Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck and critically injured a 10-year-old boy in Lincoln Heights, officials said Wednesday morning.
The victim and a friend were crossing North Main Street in a marked crosswalk at Sichel Street Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. when the boy was struck, surveillance video shows.
The boy suffered head trauma, a pelvic fracture and internal bleeding and was taken to LA County-USC Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.
"I was just trying to have him stay with me," said sister Jennifer Galindo, 26, who knew something was wrong when she heard children screaming her brother's name. She found him bleeding in the street.
"There was I second I felt like he wasn't going to move," Galindo said. "Some lady next to me was just like, 'He has a pulse, he has a pulse.'"
Surveillance video shows the driver of a dark colored, newer model sedan was traveling southbound on Main and tried to swerve to avoid the boys just before the collision. After striking the 10-year-old, the driver did not stop and fled the scene.
"I (saw) him crossing the street, and next thing you know, a car just hit him, literally hit him," witness Diane Barragan said. "He flew from one corner to the other. It was total shock."
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The other boy was uninjured.
Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives at 213-833-3713 or Detective Felix Padilla at 213-486-0753.