ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — A 19-year-old college student from Girdwood was killed when a 16-year-old suspected of driving under the influence struck and killed him on a Los Angeles street corner Thursday night.
Los Angeles media reports that Sladen John Mohl, 19, was killed when the 16-year-old suspected of driving under the influence struck Mohl in Torrance, CA, just after 8:40 p.m. Thursday.
An early investigation by the Torrance Police Department found that the suspect driving a 2015 Toyota Highlander struck Mohl while he was standing on a pedestrian island, and then collided with two additional vehicles traveling west across the intersection.
Mohl was treated by Torrance Fire Department paramedics on the scene but was pronounced dead. The intersection was closed for nearly seven hours for the investigation.
On Friday, Mohl’s El Camino team gathered where he was killed to hold a candlelight vigil for him.
"I didn't want to believe it, and I still don't," Zach Findlay, Mohl’s El Camino College teammate, told KNBC. “I just saw him yesterday."
"Today's he's gone," Findlay said. "I would do anything to bring him back. Unfortunately, I can't."
ECC Head Coach Nathan Fernlay told KNBC that Mohl was "just a wonderful kid."
"Everybody loved him," he said. "You couldn’t look at him and not smile.”
Fernlay broke the news to his team early Friday morning, and they made the decision to cancel ECC’s Friday night game. Back in Alaska, many of Mohl’s former South High teammates have shown support and shared messages of condolences on social media.
Mohl graduated from South High School in 2017, and was playing baseball for El Camino College, according to the school newspaper.
This is a developing story.