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News Release

Thursday, December 4, 2003

Media Relations

10 Year-Old Child Victim of a Hit and Run


Los Angels: On December 3, 2003 at approximately 6:30 p.m., a hit and run vehicle versus pedestrian, traffic collision occurred on San Pedro Street at 79th Street, which resulted in the death of a 10 year-old girl.

Shantrelle Freeman, a 10 year-old female, and Dejuan Grant, a 5 year-old male, were crossing San Pedro Street at 79th Street when they were struck by a vehicle travelling southbound. The driver of the vehicle fled from the scene without stopping. A witness observed the collision and recorded the license number of the vehicle. Officers conducted a follow-up to the registered owners address and located the hit and run vehicle which displayed evidence of a collision with pedestrians.

Officers identified the driver of the vehicle, who admitted involvement in a collision. Charles Hall, a 49 year old resident of Los Angeles, was arrested for felony hit and run.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics transported the victims to Harbor UCLA Medical Center, where Freeman died as a result of her injuries. Grant was also injured, but is expected to recover.

Anyone with further information regarding this collision can contact Detective Kathryn Henderson at 323-290-6063 or the South Traffic Watch Commander at 213- 485-7336. On weekends and off-hours, please call the24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This news release was prepared by Public Information Officer Adriana N. Sanchez, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.