15-year-old Cyclist In Critical Condition After A Hit-and-run In South Los Angeles

Aug 21, 2019

On August 6th, around 9 p.m., a car hit a 15-year-old boy who was riding his bike at the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, leaving the boy in critical condition. The driver fled the scene after dragging the cyclist 1,500 feet.

In the last two weeks, the victim, Roberto Diaz, has undergone 6 surgeries and only recently recovered the ability to speak. In an interview with CBS2/KCAL9s Jeff Nguyen, Diaz explains that he forgives the negligent driver, but also hopes that he turns himself in.

Diaz issued the following message to the driver: “I just wanted to give a message to the person that did this to me…I just wanted to know why you do like what you did. You saw me. You hit me. You knew I was under there.”

Diaz is focusing on his recovery and dealing with the pain of his injuries. He believes that he can find peace in regard to the incident if the driver turns himself in and faces the consequences of his actions.

Police are on the lookout for a 2007 or 2008 Honda Accord with tinted windows. The car is green or dark blue and has front-end damage. If you have any information regarding the accident or happen to see the car, please notify the Los Angeles Police Department immediately.

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