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Los Angeles County, California – October 17, 2012

Police say a pedestrian died Thursday, eight days after he was hit by a suspected car thief in the Lomita area.

According to deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, an unidentified female motorist was behind the wheel of a Toyota Sienna minivan as it traveled along Appian Way. As the driver passed between Walnut Street and 259th Place, around 9:10 p.m., 34-year-old Ignacio Perez approached on foot.

Investigators say Mr. Perez forcibly removed the woman from the driver’s seat and sped off in the van along Pacific Coast Highway into Harbor City. Mr. Perez was approaching California State Route 47 (Alameda Street) when he jumped the curb, hit two structures and a male subject on foot.

Paramedics responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to County Harbor-University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center, where he received treatment before dying on Thursday, October 25.

Mr. Perez, meanwhile, dumped the van near the intersection of 256th Street and Western Avenue. He was apprehended on suspicion of murder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that a pedestrian dies in a U.S. traffic accident every 110 minutes and one is injured every nine minutes.

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