A 10-year-old boy was crossing the street when he was struck and killed by a truck in Torrance Tuesday night, witnesses said.
The crash occurred on Del Amo Boulevard near Crenshaw Boulevard, and investigators were interviewing the driver of a pickup truck who neighbors believe struck and killed a little boy as he was crossing the street.
Police responded at about 9 p.m. to a crash in the 2300 block of Del Amo Boulevard and located the boy, who had suffered major injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Torrance Fire Department personnel, according to Sgt. Ronald Harris of the Torrance Police Department.
Family members of the child appeared emotional at the scene, breaking down in tears.
A preliminary investigation determined the driver of a 2018 black Ford pickup was traveling eastbound in the 2300 block of Del Amo Boulevard when he attempted to avoid hitting a dog in the street.
Witnesses told NBC4 they believe the boy may have been crossing the street, coming from a nearby park when the tragedy occurred.
Residents in the area shared their frustrations, saying crews recently completed road work in the area, but as a result, drivers speed at dangerous speeds through their neighborhood.
"Everybody is frustrated," a resident said. "It's sad that a little boy had to die. Maybe they'll do something now. There's a mom over there now devastated, not going to have her baby anymore."
Neither the driver, identified only as a 58-year-old man from Los Angeles, or his passenger were injured, Harris said.
Alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor in the crash.
Del Almo Boulevard near Crenshaw Boulevard remained closed due to the investigation up until 3:27 a.m.