A 22-year-old man struck by a hit-run driver while getting into his car at a Sherman Oaks valet parking stop early today has died, Los Angeles police officials said.
The man was hospitalized in critical condition with severe brain injuries following the incident at about 1:45 a.m. in front of the Vibe Cafe at Ventura Boulevard and Kester Avenue, said Sgt. Bill Kelly of LAPD's Valley Traffic Division.
A vehicle described as a silver newer model Hyundai sedan going west on Ventura Boulevard, west of Kester Avenue, struck a parked Ford Focus as a parking valet was opening its door.
The owner of the Ford was hit by the Hyundai upon impact and was thrown over the car and into the street. The Hyundai continued and struck the rear of an unattended parked vehicle and then sped away on Ventura.
The victim -- a Van Nuys resident -- was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he later died.
The parking valet suffered no injuries.
Alcohol was a possible factor in the crash, according to Kelly.
Valley Traffic Division officers asked anyone who saw the crash to call them at (818) 644-8032.
-City News Service