Man Killed in Hit-and-Run, Police Seek Driver

Witnesses tell police two people were seen running from the scene into a nearby apartment building in Hollywood.

Police were looking Tuesday for the driver of a car that struck and killed a 63-year-old man standing on a sidewalk in Hollywood.

Amos Romasoc of Los Angeles was on the west side of Western Avenue just south of Romaine Street when he was hit by a 2010 Chrysler Sebring at 5:10 a.m. Monday, police said. He was declared dead at the scene.

Police said the car was weaving through northbound traffic on Western when it hit Romasoc, then slammed into a tree.

Witnesses saw the suspect and a passenger get out of the Sebring, flee west on Romaine Street, remove their shirts and run into an apartment building at 5640 Santa Monica Blvd. one block west of Western Avenue, police said.

About 25 minutes later, the suspects left the building and took off in a blue Mazda, according to police. A broadcast report indicated they may have been in a rental car and jumped into another rented vehicle a short distance from the crash.

The driver was described as white, in his 20s, 5 feet 10 and between 140 and 150 pounds. The passenger was described as black and also in his 20s.

The second vehicle taken by the suspects was a blue Mazda, California license plate 6UGCO50. Anyone with information about the crash was urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division at (213) 473- 0234.

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