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Northridge, California – January 15, 2014

The suspect in a hit-and-run accident that occurred early Wednesday morning at the intersection of Balboa Boulevard and Parthenia Street was still at large according to police.

The incident occurred at 1 a.m. according to the Los Angeles Police Department when a westbound pickup truck hit a southbound sedan on Balboa Street. The driver of the of the sedan was ejected from the vehicle and died of his injuries at an area hospital. He was identified only as a man in his mid-20′s.

The driver of the pickup fled on foot and has not been found.

Nationally, hit-and-run accidents have been on the rise since 1999. Between 1999 and 2001 there was a 19% jump in hit-and-run accidents and the rate has been rising steadily since 2003. Some of the biggest reasons for this, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is a rise in unlicensed and uninsured drivers.

UPDATE: Officials identified the victim as 24-year-old vet student Robert Ramage.

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