Police Monday released images and surveillance footage of a driver suspected of striking and fatally injuring a pedestrian in South Los Angeles and then abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot.
The victim, identified as 76-year-old Herman Charles Avery Jr. of Inglewood, was crossing Western Avenue at 81st Street, heading west, around 6:15 p.m. Sunday when he was struck, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Avery died at the scene police said.
Witnesses said the impact of the hit-and-run left the victim dismembered.
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"It was the man's lifeless body through the windshield with his leg missing," one woman said of her horrific encounter.
The suspect, who had a 7- to 9-year-old boy with him, drove to Western Avenue and 82nd Street, where he abandoned the vehicle he was driving, police said.
Surveillance footage from a nearby liquor store captured the driver and child purchasing a soda. The video showed the man dusting the boy off from what authorities suspect may have been glass.
"He's cleaning him off like something is on the child's face and body," Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD said.
The suspect is described as black, 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 4 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing.
Anyone who recognizes him or has information about the fatal hit-and-run collision was urged to call detectives at the LAPD's South Traffic Division at (323) 421-2500.
After-hours and weekend calls should be directed to the division watch commander at (323) 421-2577. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.