Teen killed trying to stop alleged carjacker
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A 19-year-old man is dead after he tried to stop someone from stealing his car.
Witnesses say Oscar Perez was with his brother when he was rear-ended by an unlicensed driver, who tried to leave the scene of the wreck.
Perez and his brother got out of their car to confront the driver.
Police say that’s when another man jumped into the driver’s seat of Perez’s Nissan and tried to take off.
Perez jumped onto the hood of the car to stop the alleged carjacker.
However, he was thrown from the vehicle and died when the car crashed into a loading dock.
“The owner of the vehicle, it’s our understanding, jumped on the hood of the car to try and stop the individual from taking the vehicle. And in so doing, we ended up here at this location and unfortunately, that vehicle collided towards this structure and the victim met his demise as a result of that,” said Capt. Gary Lopez, with the Los Angeles Police Department.
The alleged suspect is in the hospital and will be facing charges upon his release.
Family members say Perez worked at a market to pay for the car that he treasured.