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Man retrieving car from valet dies in hit-and-run crash

August 19, 2013|By Jill Cowan

A man who was struck by a hit-and-run driver as a valet opened the door of his Ford Focus early Sunday morning has died, officials said.

The 22-year-old Van Nuys resident was pronounced dead at 5:46 p.m. Sunday, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. His identity had not been released Monday pending notification of family.

Police are still looking for the driver of a newer model silver Hyundai sedan who was heading westbound on Ventura Boulevard west of Kester Avenue in Sherman Oaks before crashing into the open driver’s door of the parked Focus.

The Hyundai then continued into the left back end of a parked car in front of the Focus.

The injured man was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

The valet was not injured, police said.

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jill.cowan@latimes.com

Twitter: @jillcowan

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