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101-year-old man killed in hit-and-run crash in Boyle Heights

A 101-year-old man died Wednesday morning after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Boyle Heights.

The fatal accident occurred at South Lorena Street and Opal Street about 6 a.m., said Felix Padilla, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division.

Jose Noriega was crossing South Lorena Street in a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a 1997 Chevy Astro van traveling north. He was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center by paramedics, but succumbed to his injuries about 7:50 a.m.

Authorities said the driver, Ricardo Avalos, 41, of Los Angeles, fled the scene. He was followed by witnesses for a short distance who then blocked his path and detained him until officers arrived, Padilla said.

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Avalos was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and booked at the Metropolitan Detention Center on $50,000 bail. Alcohol or drugs were not involved, Padilla said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division at (213) 833-3713 or Det. Felix Padilla at (213) 486-0753.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to 274637.

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