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Man killed by hit-and-run driver in downtown L.A.

April 02, 2013|By Kate Mather
  • Approximate location of hit-and-run shown in black.
Approximate location of hit-and-run shown in black. (Los Angeles Times Mapping…)

A man thought to be a transient was killed Monday night in a hit-and-run in downtown Los Angeles, police said.

Initial information indicated the man was crossing Mateo Street near 6th Street when he apparently fell in the roadway, said Los Angeles police spokesman Richard French. The man was not in a crosswalk, French said, and it was not clear why he fell.

A southbound light-colored vehicle struck the man shortly before 8 p.m., French said.

Police believe the driver stopped, got out of his vehicle and "took a look at the person" before driving off, French said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. His name was not immediately available.

No suspect or vehicle description was available. French said anyone with information could call (877) 527-3247.

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