The victim, identified as Daniel Macedonio, was crossing Grand Avenue and 9th Street in a marked crosswalk around 11 p.m. Nov. 2 when he was struck by a vehicle, described by police as a dark, possibly black, four-door sedan.
“It hurts to see that they hit him like he was a rag doll and just kept going, didn’t stop to see if he’s alive or if he’s OK,” Francis Buenrostro, the victim’s mother, said.
According to police, the driver was traveling southbound on Grand Avenue and ran a red light — swerving to miss two other vehicles in the intersection — before hitting Macedonio.
“He called me, I guess as he was laying on the floor,” Buenrostro said. “He called me, and I hear is, ‘Mom, mom, mom,’ and all of the sudden someone grabs the phone from him and it’s one of the officers on the scene.”
Macedonio was taken to the hospital with severe injuries. According to Buenrostro, his ribs were fractured and he had to have surgery on his hands and knees due to torn ligaments. He was released from the hospital a few days later.
“I thank God he’s still here,” Buenrostro said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Macedonio to help cover the cost of his medical care.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Moses Castillo with the Central Traffic Detectives at 213-833-7313 or email him at 30215@LAPD.Online. Information can be reported anonymously by calling 1-800-222-8477 or by visiting LACrimeStoppers.com.