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Suspect sought in fatal hit-and-run crash in Sylmar

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SYLMAR — Authorities are seeking the female driver of an SUV who allegedly caused two other vehicles to collide head-on Sunday in Sylmar, killing an 18-year-old man and seriously injuring another driver.

The crash happened around 11:45 a.m. on the southbound Foothill Boulevard south of Sayre Street, according to Los Angeles police.

Investigators said a 2003 silver Ford Mustang swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid the SUV that was exiting a store parking lot and negotiating a right turn onto Foothill. The Mustang then collided head-on with a 2000 silver Toyota Tundra.

The female driver had a male passenger in the SUV and had been shopping in a grocery store before the crash, according to the LAPD. Their vehicle was described as an early 2000s small silver SUV.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and pronounced the teen dead and transported the 58-year-old Tundra driver to a hospital with minor injuries, the LAPD reported.

Police said that causing a no-contact collision involving other vehicles is considered a traffic crash on that driver’s record and leaving the scene is considered a hit-and-run.

Anyone who witnessed the crash was asked to call LAPD’s Valley Traffic detectives at 818-644-8033 or 818-644-8000. Tipsters can also call the LAPD’s 24/7 tipline at 877-527-3247 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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