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Hit-and-Run Driver Takes Life of Special Needs Teen

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The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a hit-and-run driver who took the life of a special needs teen who was crossing a South L.A. street.

The incident took place at around 7 p.m. on November 17, when a motorist in a late-model Plymouth Town and Country van was traveling south on Broadway from Century Boulevard and hit a pedestrian who was attempting to cross the street on Broadway, according to the LAPD.

After striking the young man, later identified as 18-year-old Miguel Mendez, the driver fled the scene without stopping to render aid.

Mendez, a student Bannerker Special Education Center for children with special needs, was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

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Detectives say they have few leads in the fatal hit-and-run. Anyone with any information about the driver is asked to contact the LAPD.