On a normally quiet San Fernando Valley street a young man was killed last night after he was struck by not one but two different cars. Both vehicles drove away without stopping after killing Michael Alvarez around 9:30 last night in Lake Balboa. Lake Balboa is basically West Van Nuys, so named after a small lake and recreation area was constructed near Balboa Boulevard and Victory Boulevard.
Little information is known by investigators looking into this tragic accident except to say that they are looking for a late model silver sedan and an older brown Honda Accord which are both suspected to have struck Alvarez and caused his death. Both vehicles, who police believe were unrelated, failed to stop and identify themselves after the collision. Both drivers failed to call for or offer assistance to Alvarez who was left for dead in the street.
California law and human decency requires any driver who causes bodily injury to another person to stop, identify him or herself and offer aid or call professional medical assistance to the injured party before leaving the scene. Both drivers could face criminal prosecution as well as civil damages for their conduct.
Anyone with additional information about this accident should contact the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division. http://www.lapdonline.org/valley_traffic My sympathies go out to the friends and family of Mr. Alvarez whose life was cut short by this terrible incident.
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