A pedestrian was struck and killed by a driver who fled the scene before being run down by a witness to the accident early Friday morning in Hollywood.
According to local police reports, the crash took place at approximately 2 a.m. at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Normandie Avenue, where a silver car speeding on Santa Monica struck a pedestrian crossing through the crosswalk. “They had their lights off, they didn’t see the pedestrian crossing,” said witness Fernando Luis, “so they hit the pedestrian really hard, and the pedestrian went flying.”
The victim, who has not yet been identified, suffered major injuries in the crash and was rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. More information about the pedestrian will be made available after the county coroner’s office has notified his or her next of kin.
The driver who struck the pedestrian meanwhile continued down Santa Monica Boulevard after the collision, eventually losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a parked car. According to witness Tony Huff, the driver then exited his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.
“I ran as fast as I could down Edgemont looking for this guy, and there was another vehicle that was right behind us that followed me the whole way and put their high beams on and searched the opposite side of the street while I was looking down the other side of the street,” said Hoff. “We found him and we brought him back.”
The driver was found with blood on his hands, speaking on a cellphone and apparently under the influence of drugs or alcohol. “At that point in time I also realized that he had blood, literally, he had blood on his hand, and a little bit of blood on his face from the actually accident,” Hoff added. The driver, who has not yet been identified, was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Upon his release, he will face multiple charges, police said.
Speaking with reporters after the incident, Hoff deflected his heroic praise, explaining that he was only doing what he thought was right. “I feel like I did what anyone would have done that was able to do so at that point in time.”
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