LOS ANGELES — Authorities today sought public help to find the hit- and-run motorist responsible for fatally injuring a developmentally disabled 18-year-old man over the weekend.
Miguel Mendez of Los Angeles was struck while crossing Broadway at Century Boulevard about 7 p.m. Saturday. The Bannerker Special Education Center student died at a hospital.
The vehicle, believed to be a late-model Plymouth Town and Country van, was southbound on Broadway when it struck the young man, who was not in a crosswalk at the time of impact. The Los Angeles Police Department did not release a description of the driver.
Family members gathered to talk about Mendez, who was going to get a snack when he was hit.
His mother, Sabina Lopez, speaking in Spanish, told KCAL9 that she "wants to find the person who did it ... to find justice ... It's hard to know why they killed somebody who was a miracle to his family."
Emanuel Mendez said his brother "will always be with me, if only in my heart."
Police are pouring over surveillance video footage to see if they can piece together the license of the minivan that hit Mendez.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call LAPD South Traffic
Division detectives, (213) 421-2500; the watch commander, (213) 485-7336; or (877) LAPD-247.