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WOMAN CHASES DOWN DRIVER AFTER BOY HIT.

Byline: Troy Anderson Daily News Staff Writer

A woman chased down and persuaded a drunken driver to return to the scene of a hit-and-run accident Friday night that left a North Hollywood boy critically injured, police said.

The driver of a pickup truck drove away after hitting the boy at Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Archwood Street, said Los Angeles police Officer Frank Bancalari of the Valley Traffic Division.

The woman used her cellular telephone to call the police, chased the man down with her vehicle, yelled at the driver to come back and he returned to the scene, Bancalari said.

He could not say how far she chased the driver.

The unidentified boy was walking east in the crosswalk about 7:51 p.m. when he was hit and thrown 45 feet down the street, Bancalari said.

``When firefighters arrived, they found the boy in grave condition, suffering from massive head injuries,'' said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

``He was barely breathing,'' Humphrey said. ``A veteran Los Angeles City Fire Department paramedic administered advanced life support measures while rushing the boy to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where we are told life-saving efforts are continuing.''

After the accident, a crowd of about 25 people gathered at the scene of the accident, some of them hostile and angry at the driver, Humphrey said. But they took no action, he said.

The driver, identified only as a 43-year-old North Hollywood man, was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run, and driving under the influence.

Police believe the boy is a middle school student but did not provide his name nor that of the woman who chased down the driver.

``It's a very tragic occurrence and we're hoping and praying the boy will pull through,'' Humphrey said.
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Date:Apr 24, 1999
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