BOYLE HEIGHTS — A 101-year man crossing a street was fatally struck this morning by a van whose driver was followed and detained by witnesses after fleeing the scene.
The LAPD’s Central Traffic Division said that Jose Noriega was struck at about 6 a.m. while walking eastbound in a marked crosswalk at Lorena and Opal streets when he was hit by a 1997 Chevy Astro Van traveling northbound on Lorena. Noriega died of his injuries about two hours later at L.A. County-USC Medical Center.
The motorist, 41-year-old Ricardo Avalos, drove away from the scene but he was pursued by witnesses who “blocked suspect’s path and detained him until police arrived,” according to an LAPD press release.
Avalos was arrested for vehicular manslaughter, and his bail is set at $50,000. Alcohol or drugs were not involved, according to police.