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Messenger Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

A messenger making a delivery in Redondo Beach was killed Friday night by a hit-and-run driver as he got out of his van in the 700 block of the Esplanade.

Redondo Beach Sgt. Gary Wiley said Saturday that Leslie Donovan, 32, a Redondo Beach resident, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and felony drunk driving.

The dead man is Ronald Johnson, 49, a Carson resident.

Wiley said Johnson had parked his van on the west side of the street about 9:18 p.m. and was getting out when a car traveling southbound struck him and then continued on its way. A witness to the accident chased the car, flagged down a police officer and pointed out the car, Wiley said. The officer stopped the car and detained its driver.

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Johnson was taken to Harbor UCLA Medical Center, where he died at 10:26 p.m. of massive head injuries, Wiley said.


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