LOCAL : Pacoima Driver Held in Fatality

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

A 4-year-old Pacoima boy was left brain-dead after being struck by a hit-and-run driver who later turned himself in to police, authorities said today.

Jesus Rios Herrera suffered massive head injuries when he was struck about 6 p.m. Wednesday on Osborne Place near Glenoaks Boulevard, Detective Don Bellante said. The child was dragged about 20 feet by the car.

Bellante said the boy was left brain-dead and on life-support equipment at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. The boy's organs will be removed for transplantation, then he will be taken off the equipment, the detective said.

After the child was run down, two neighbors who saw the accident briefly chased the car--one on foot and one in a car--but were unable to stop it, police said.

About 10:30 p.m., Michael Ray Eaddy, 20, of Pacoima, went to the Foothill Division police station with an attorney and was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.

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