Family members of a 67-year-old Lawndale man found with a head injury on a Torrance street pleaded Tuesday for the public’s help to find out what happened to him, including whether he was struck by a car that sped away.

Police said they have no evidence to indicate David Ambriz was struck by a vehicle at Del Amo Boulevard and Maple Avenue about 7:45 p.m. Monday. Officers did not find debris in the road or skid marks that are typical in a hit-and-run crash, Torrance police Sgt. Ronald Harris said.

They also found no evidence of a crime, and suspect Ambriz fell and hit his head, Harris said.

David AmbrizFamily photo
David Ambriz<br />Family photo

Ambriz was in a coma Tuesday in the intenstive care unit at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where doctors told family members he was hit by a car. Besides his head injury, Abriz suffered broken ribs, said his sister-in-law, Lori Ambriz.

“It was a hit-and-run,” Lori Ambriz, said.

She said Ambriz uses the bus for transportation and walks.

“I’m very angry. It’s like, ‘My God, you just leave somebody at the side of the road,’” she said. “It’s terrible. This person should pay for doing this.”

Passers-by found Ambriz about 45 minutes after police officers first encountered him just over the Del Amo bridge at Crenshaw Boulevard. Harris said police received a report of a man walking in and out of traffic lanes. When they contacted him, he was on the sidewalk, coherent and well, so they moved on.

But, 45 minutes later, they were advised of someone lying in the median of Del Amo Boulevard, where he was located. Ambriz had a cut to his head, a strong pulse and was breathing as paramedics treated him at the scene. He had no injuries to his arms or legs, Harris said.

Lori Ambriz said she hopes someone can help explain what happened.

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