Man who lay in street fatally struck by two cars in Van Nuys

Authorities are investigating a case of double hit-and-run after an 18-year-old man reportedly lay in a traffic lane Friday and was fatally struck by two cars in Van Nuys.

Michael Joel Alvarez was hit near the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Densmore Avenue around 9:35 p.m. Friday, said Los Angeles Police Officer Steve Lee.

Lee said Alvarez was lying in the westbound lane of Victory Boulevard when a "newer model four-door sedan" struck him. He was then hit a second time by a late-1990s model Honda Accord, Lee said.

"Both vehicles stopped momentarily and were last seen westbound on Victory Boulevard," Lee said, reading from a statement.

Alvarez was pronounced dead at the scene, Lee said.

KTLA reported that Alvarez was living with his girlfriend at her mother’s house, near the scene of the incident. Neighbors told the news station the couple had a 1-year-old boy.


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