Police seek Jeep driver who allegedly struck 13-year-old girl and apologized before leaving Pico-Union scene
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Natalia Rodriguez speaks about a hit-and-run crash that left her with a broken leg on Sept. 6, 2019 in this photo released by LAPD.

By Cindy Von Quednow, KTLA

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Police are looking for the driver of a Jeep SUV who allegedly apologized to a 13-year-old girl for striking her with his vehicle before leaving the scene of the crash in the Pico-Union area Friday morning.

The crash was reported about 6:30 a.m. when the victim was walking to school, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The girl was crossing in a marked crosswalk at Pico Boulevard and Alvarado Street when she was struck by a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee heading north.

The driver allegedly hit the girl twice before stopping, getting out of his vehicle and apologizing for hitting her, police said.

“He actually stopped, went in reverse, and then came back and struck her a second time," said LAPD Detective Moses Castillo. "He got out of his vehicle, approached her and told her, ‘Hey, I’m sorry,’ but then got back in his car and took off.”

The driver fled north on Alvarado without identifying himself or helping the victim.

He is described as a black man in his 30s who is about 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 270 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and was wearing a black cap, a gray shirt and black shoes.

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