LOS ANGELES, California – Two teenage girls were injured Monday night after a hit-and-run driver in a pickup truck ran a red traffic light and struck as they walked across a marked crosswalk at Vanowen Street and Ranchito Avenue, according to a press release issued by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Paramedics transported the two 14-year-old girls to a local hospital where one of them was listed with life-threatening injuries and the other moderate injuries, the report said.

About 7 p.m., Sept. 17, witnesses say they saw a Hispanic man flee the scene of the pedestrian accident in a late model 1980s or early 1990s, faded green Chevrolet pickup truck equipped with an iron rack around its bed carrying what is believed to be garden tools. Witnesses described the man as about 30 years old, he was wearing a baseball cap and his face was oval and he had facial hair.

The hit-and-run driver was traveling eastbound on Vanowen Street when he ran through the red traffic light at Ranchito Avnenue and struck the two girls.

Anyone who may have witnessed or have information regarding this collision contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Traffic Detectives at (818) 644-8000, or Detective III Bustos at (818) 644-8021.

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