An El Segundo teenager who was struck by a speeding vehicle on Vista del Mar Saturday, June 16th, near Imperial Highway in Playa del Rey is in stable condition, but faces the possibility of losing his left leg.
Christopher Maschack was attempting to cross the busy coastal route at approximately 9:35 p.m. when a car, traveling at approximately 70 miles an hour, according to witnesses, hit the victim, who was not at a crosswalk. The vehicle did not stop, said witnesses at the scene.
The 17-year-old suffered what were described as severe injuries to both legs, along with hand, eye socket and shoulder blade fractures.
“He is very fortunate to be alive,” Maschack’s mother, Jeannie Solana, told another publication after visiting her son at UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. “It’s a blessing from God.”
Detective Brent Johnson of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division, who is conducting the investigation on the hit-and-run accident, told The Argonaut that at press time, there was no new information on the status of the case.
“There has been no improvement; no new developments so far,” he said.
Johnson described the vehicle as a late-model black BMW 3 Series. The car was traveling southbound on Vista del Mar when it struck Maschack. According to witnesses, he was tossed 17 feet in the air upon impact with the speeding vehicle.
The young man’s legs were crushed when the car crashed into him. He is in danger of losing his left leg to amputation, due to the injuries that he sustained. Maschack reportedly underwent 13 hours of surgery to repair the damages to his limbs.
“It’s just wrong,” his mother was quoted as saying after the accident. “You don’t leave anybody in the street to die and then just speed away.”
Maschack and several friends had attended a bonfire at Dockweiler State Beach the evening of the accident.
Police are requesting the public’s help in locating the driver of the car involved in the hit-and-run accident. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Rick Banks of the West Traffic Division at (213) 471-0234.