An 11-year-old girl was killed early Wednesday in a wrong-way accident involving a hit-and-run driver on the 60 Freeway near the City of Industry, according to authorities.
Angelique Zarate died in the crash, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office said. She was a passenger in a Toyota Camry and the driver of the Camry suffered serious injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred around 4 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the freeway near Crossroads Parkway, the CHP posted on Facebook. The driver of a black Hyundai Sonata traveling in the wrong direction was described as a white or Latino male in his 30s with a fair complexion and medium-length hair parted to one side, according to CHP.
The driver, who was wearing a light-colored shirt and pants, fled the scene barefoot, the CHP said.
A Hyundai whose license plate was released by CHP was registered to a woman in South Los Angeles. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Anyone with information about the driver or the accident can call the CHP Santa Fe Springs office at (562) 868-0503 or contact their Facebook page.
In a GoFundMe Page arranged to cover Angelique’s funeral expenses, family members wrote that she “had the biggest heart and always showed a lot of love to everyone around her.”