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National Guardsman Killed In Hit-And-Run Was Dragged Before Driver Took Off

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A 24-year-old man was killed early Monday morning after he was dragged more than 100 feet under the car of a hit-and-run driver in Boyle Heights.

The man, named True Cowan, was a National Guardsman from Indiana, who had moved to Los Angeles to study computer science at Cal-State Dominguez Hills, according to the Los Angeles Times.

At around 12:20 a.m. Monday morning, Cowan was crossing Cesar Chavez Avenue, close to Chicago Street, when a car traveling along the avenue struck him. The driver did not stop, instead pulling into a nearby driveway, and dislodging Cowan's body by reversing back onto the street.

According to the LAPD, the driver fled north on Chicago Street following the collision. Cowan was taken to L.A. County USC Medical Center, just a few minutes away, where he was pronounced dead at 12:41 a.m.

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Police are working with limited information. According to the L.A. Times, they began contacting local businesses yesterday hoping to find security footage of the hit-and-run. Aside from information about possible damage to the car's front-left side and undercarriage, there is no specific information about the hit-and-run driver's car.

LAPD is looking for any information anyone may have that can lead to the driver's arrest. Cowan's friends and family have set up a GoFundMe page to pay for his memorial.

Hit-and-runs occur in Los Angeles with shocking frequency. Just over two weeks ago, a hit-and-run driver killed a mother and severely injured her five-year-old daughter. The driver abandoned the car and fled the scene on foot. In December, a 70-year-old nun was also killed in Boyle Heights following a hit-and-run.