By Edwin Folven, 11/08/2012
Investigators have released a sketch of a suspect wanted for a hit and run collision in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last March. They are hoping it will generate new information in what is described as a cold case.
Det. Brent Johnson, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division, said all leads have been exhausted in his investigation of the collision, which seriously injured a pedestrian who was crossing Wilshire Boulevard at Spaulding Avenue.
Marie Hardwick, a 24-year-old native of England who was living in East Los Angeles when the collision occurred, was struck by a BMW sedan around 2 a.m. on March 25 as she crossed the street with her mother, a friend and other pedestrians. Hardwick was the only member of the group who was struck. They were leaving a screening of “The Clock” at the museum. Johnson said the BMW was traveling eastbound on Wilshire Boulevard, and likely ran a red light.
“The only information I have is that it was a black BMW,” Johnson said. “We have no license plate to go on or anything else. Maybe because we now have a composite sketch, someone will recognize the driver.”
The suspect is described as a man in his 30s, possibly of Middle Eastern decent, with dark colored hair and eyes. A witness told investigators that the vehicle may have had a European-style front license plate, and one of the side mirrors was knocked off in the collision. Johnson said the vehicle may have also sustained significant front-end damage.
“Because so much time has gone by, the car has probably been fixed by now, but somebody may know something about that,” Johnson added. “This guy also may have told somebody about it, so hopefully they will be willing to turn him in.”
Hardwick sustained two broken legs, a broken kneecap, a broken jaw and other injuries.
“She required twelve hours of surgery,” he said. “She’s home, but she is still recovering.”
Hardwick only recently recovered to the point where she could help create the police sketch.
“We are asking anyone who knows anything to call,” Johnson added.
Anyone with information is asked to call West Traffic Division investigators at (213)473-0228 or (213)473-0234. During weekends and off-hours, call the LAPD’s 24-hour hotline at (877)LAPD247.