“They were kids, all kids,” said Padilla, who has worked there for 13 years. “I’ve never seen crazy people like that.” Across the street, about 20 youths had grabbed the tip jars at Skooby’s, a hot dog restaurant, and emptied them outside, said manager Mauricio Garcia. A single jar sat on the counter Wednesday afternoon, still empty. More than 100 police officers were called in Tuesday night and most arrests were made in minutes. Twelve people – all but one under the age of 18 – were arrested and though none lived in Hollywood, most were girls and boys from Los Angeles ranging in age from 14 to 17, Smith said. Eleven were held on suspicion of robbery and one for receiving stolen property.
Jim Barnick said. Barnick said police are looking into whether speed played a role, but added the driver stayed at the crash site and cooperated in the investigation. Coffin said police also were investigating whether the boy ran out into the street. The names of the boy and driver haven’t been released, and additional details about the collision weren’t available. Tina Corona, 45, who lives down the street from where the crash happened, said: “My prayers are with the child, the gentleman driving the car and their families.” Corona said she was inside her home when it happened. “This sounds like an isolated incident, but we do have a big problem with cars speeding up and down,” she said.