Los Angeles police search for driver who left trans teen to die on the road after intentional hit-and-run
Family photos of unidentified teen -- (KABC screen grab)

Los Angeles police are searching for the driver of a car who assaulted and then ran over a 16-year-old transgender teen early Saturday morning, leaving her in serious condition.


According to police, the unidentified teen was struck and left for  dead in the street outside a popular restaurant in Monterrey Park at approximately 2:30 in the morning, KABC is reporting.

LA Police Sgt. Rick Munder told the LA Times, that the teen was dressed in women's clothing and had been assaulted before being struck by the car, and was unable to help investigators who have few details.

“The victim is not able to talk yet,” he said.

The family of the teen held a tearful press conference asking for the public's help, with an uncle calling for the assailant to turn himself in.

"My nephew is only 16 years old, and he has his whole life ahead of him. I don't understand how somebody could just leave a human being on the side of the road and drive off," cried the family member, identified as Fernando, as he held up pictures of the victim.

Watch the video below via KABC: