By Edwin Folven, 2/28/2013
Police seeking public’s help in locating suspect
An unidentified man and woman were seriously injured when they were struck by a hit and run driver in Hollywood early Tuesday morning.
The collision occurred at approximately 2:10 a.m. at the intersection of Highland and Selma avenues. The victims were reportedly crossing Highland Avenue in a crosswalk when they were struck by the driver of an SUV, who was traveling westbound on Selma Avenue and turning onto Highland Avenue. According to Det. Zachary Hutchings, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Bureau, witnesses reported hearing a woman scream before the victims were struck. The SUV stopped briefly before driving away at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound on Highland Avenue toward Sunset Boulevard.
Hutchings said the witnesses reported that it was a newer model SUV — either black or dark grey. The detective said debris from the vehicle was found at the scene.
“It appears that it does have front-end damage from hitting the pedestrians, and we found parts belonging to a Mercedes,” Hutchings said. “The driver is wanted for felony hit and run, and we are hoping the public can provide some information.”
The victims were taken by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where one was treated for a broken leg, and the other received treatment for a broken foot. One victim was 40 years old, and the other was 25.
Patrol officers are generally on the lookout for impaired drivers at the time of the night when the collision occurred, but Hutchings said it will be impossible to prove whether alcohol or drugs were a factor because the driver fled the scene.
He said, however, that police consider the incident very serious, which is reflected in the felony charges the driver will face when arrested.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact investigators with the LAPD’s West Traffic Bureau at (213)473-0222 or (213)473-0234.