SOUTH LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- (KTLA) -- A 5-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles was identified as Ronald Neal by his mother Wednesday as authorities continued to search for the driver who fled after running him over.
Neal was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of 82nd Street and Towne Avenue in the Florence neighborhood at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.
He was taken to a local hospital, where he died, police said.
Neal, a kindergartener, would have turned six in May according to his mother, who said her son loved to dance and went by the nickname “But-But.”
Neal’s mother said her son was possibly trying to help catch a neighbor’s dog that had gotten loose when he ran into the street and was struck.
The vehicle that struck Neal was captured on a nearby home’s surveillance video.
Witnesses told police the vehicle turned a corner, stopped for a moment after hitting Neal, and then sped away.
Witnesses also said Neal may have been struck a second time by the vehicle as it fled the scene.