LOS ANGELES -- Authorities have arrested the suspected hit-and-run driver accused of striking a stroller as a mother pushed it across the street, killing an 11-month-old girl and injuring her five-year-old sister.
The incident happened around 6:10 p.m. Sunday at Bonnie Brae Street and Olympic Boulevard in the Westlake area, according to Officer Karen Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The family was headed home from a laundromat when the driver struck the stroller with two children inside, police said.
The three were in a marked crosswalk at the time and other vehicles had stopped for them.
Witnesses reported seeing a Honda driver running a red light as he sped away after hitting the victims.
The 11-month-old was pronounced dead at a hospital. Her older sister was hospitalized in critical but stable condition with a fractured skull and a fractured arm, police said.
The mother had minor injuries.
Police said the victim would have turned 1-year-old at the end of the month.
A witness followed the suspect's car, got the license plate number and gave it to police.
Investigators then found the suspect's black 1991 Honda abandoned near Staples Center at 12th Street and Figueroa Avenue. They also had surveillance video of him ditching the car, police said.
Officers were able to track down 30-year-old Henry Moreno and arrest him around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, said Officer Sara Faden of LAPD's Media Relations unit.
Moreno was being held at Parker Center on suspicion of vehicular homicide.
"It appears he was driving under the influence when the accident occurred," Faden said.
Police have not released the names of the victims.