An 11-year-old girl critically injured in a hit-and- run crash last week has died, and authorities have charged the driver, identified as Emily Tovar Echeverria, who aurities said was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car that authorities believed was a Scion nvolved in the two-vehicle collision.
The crash, which left both vehicles disabled, was reported shortly after midnight July 18 at 20th Street East and Lancaster Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The girl was riding in one vehicle and the suspect was driving the other.
The girl was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but later died, the sheriff’s department reported today.
According to the sheriff’s department, the suspect initially was driven away from the scene in a gold or tan Infiniti four-door sedan, license number 6MWM091, which drove up to the crash site.
Authorities said the suspect who left in the Infiniti was 25-year-old Eduardo Medrano Jr., who “was positively identified by multiple witnesses and seen fleeing the scene in (the Infiniti) that drove up after the collision,” according to a sheriff’s statement.
Investigators released a photo of Medrano, described as Hispanic, 5-feet-10 inches tall and 145 pounds, with black hair and green eyes. Medrano later turned himself in.
Investigators are also seeking the driver of the Infiniti sedan as a ‘person of interest” in the case, according to the sheriff’s statement.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call (661) 940-3814, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.