South Los Angeles Hit and Run: Police are searching for the driver who kept toddler alive

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a hit-and-run driver who struck a mother and toddler, leaving the child on the street with life-threatening injuries.

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the SUV driver who collided with the two on Saturday October 1 and blew up the 3-year-old boy so violently that he was killed he was injured again he hit the ground.

Mother Elsa Zelaya and her son Dominick Zelaya were crossing Broadway and 80th Street in south Los Angeles when they were attacked. The driver fled the scene, but another motorist stopped to help the two.

While Elsa suffered only minor injuries, Dominick was injured so badly that his situation was considered life-threatening and he is recovering from an operation at Children’s Hospital.

Police are asking the suspect to have a heart and come forward.

“For the person at home, if you look at this — it’s a pretty bad accident,” said LAPD officer Luis Herrera. “A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital fighting for his life. Just leaving it there is kind of a mess. Just imagine yourself. Come clean. It’s an accident.”

Herrera said hit-and-runs are becoming more common in Los Angeles — the department now sees 100 or more in a week.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Herrera at (323) 421-2500. Anonymous tips can be given crime fighter at 800-222 TIPS

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