A composite drawing was released by police Thursday of a man sought in a hit-and-run accident that killed a 7-year-old boy who had bolted across the street toward an ice-cream truck.
Police also revealed another gruesome detail of the Sunday morning accident in the 9000 block of Tobias Avenue that killed Skyy Nelson.
"After he (the driver) hit the boy, he turned around, looked at the body, laughed, and sped away," said Detective John Miller of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
The boy was taken to Holy Cross Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. Neighbors said Skyy and his 3-year-old sister, who was also in the street but not injured, had moved to the crowded neighborhood one day before the crash.
The suspect is described as a male Latino, with shoulder- or collar-length hair and a mustache. He is believed to be about 26, Miller said.
The vehicle is described as a 1981 black Volkswagen Rabbit, possibly with a lowered body and equipped with small wheels, police said.
Miller said the driver was either living or spending a lot of time in the neighborhood, and was seen driving in the vicinity about 15 minutes before the crash.
The child was killed just five days after a 48-year-old woman and her 12-year-old daughter were struck and killed at a Pacoima intersection where residents two years earlier had asked city officials to install a traffic signal.