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SOUTH LOS ANGELES : Driver Sought in Boy's Racing Death

June 04, 1995

Police last week continued to search for a man wanted in connection with a south Los Angeles accident in which a car apparently drag-racing struck and killed a 7-year-old boy.

Investigators are checking leads provided by witnesses to the May 18 accident that killed Dennis Diaz, said Los Angeles Police Officer Sonia Cabrera.

The boy suffered massive head and upper-body injuries when he was struck while crossing 49th Street at Ascot Avenue about 8:45 p.m. He died less than an hour later at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. The car made no attempt to stop, Cabrera said.

In an effort to apprehend the driver, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Rita Walters has announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

A white, American-model car, possibly mid-size, was racing southbound on 49th neck-and-neck with a second white vehicle when it surged ahead and seconds later hit the youngster, Cabrera said. She said witnesses indicated the driver may live in the area.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Cabrera at (213) 485-3111 between 6:30 a.m and 3 p.m. or at (213) 485-3122 after hours.

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