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2-year-old dies a week after South LA hit-and-run crash that also killed his teen brother

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SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A 2-year-old boy died a week after a violent hit-and-run accident in south Los Angeles that also killed his 13-year-old brother.

The fatal collision happened on January 9 near Main Street and 11th Square, according to police.

Surveillance video shared by a local company shows the moments before and immediately after the crash. Investigators believe a driver in a silver Mercedes may have run a red light while traveling on Main and struck a silver SUV traveling on 111th.

The boys’ mother drove the SUV. She and the passenger, a 16-year-old, were injured. Their 13-year-old son, Chris Amaya-Pineda, died in hospital last week.

On Monday, family members confirmed that his 2-year-old brother, Damien, also succumbed to his injuries.

A candlelight vigil was held at the scene of the accident on Monday evening to support the grieving parents.

“I dropped her off at Grandma’s and didn’t see that coming,” said her mother, Deborah Amaya. “I didn’t just lose one. I lost two of my sons.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral and medical expenses.

The suspect who hit the victims has yet to be identified.

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