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Driver sought in hit-and-run death of boy, 15, in West L.A.

Police were asking the public to help locate the driver of a stolen vehicle that fatally struck a 15-year-old boy Sunday night in the Palms neighborhood.

Police were asking the public to help locate the driver of a stolen vehicle that fatally struck a 15-year-old boy Sunday night in the Palms neighborhood.

(KTLA-TV)

Investigators are asking the public to help track down the driver of a stolen vehicle who fatally struck a 15-year-old boy this week and immediately fled the scene.

The deadly collision occurred Sunday evening about 8:40 p.m. near Venice Boulevard and Hughes Avenue in the Palms neighborhood, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.

At the time of the crash, police were trailing the stolen car, LAPD Officer Ed Griffin said.

The boy was crossing the street when the car struck him, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and his identity has not been released by the L.A. County coroner’s office.

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The stolen vehicle was a 2001 maroon Buick Le Sabre with California license plate 7KWC773, police said in the statement. The car had a bicycle affixed to the rear.

The driver of the stolen Buick was described by police as a black man in his 30s.

Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD Det. Mustafa Hassanzai at (213) 486-0690.

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