The victim, described as a 45-year-old white male, was hit by one vehicle at about 10 p.m. as he crossed the 2200 block of Riverside Drive in front of Allesandro Elementary School, according to police and media reports. “As he was lying on the pavement he was struck by a second vehicle and dragged as short distance,” according to a statement issued by the LAPD Central Traffic Division. “Both drivers left the scene without stopping to identify themselves or rendering aid.”
The victim, who was wearing dark clothing at the time of the collision, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
One of the vehicles is believed to be a black Hyundai or Kia with damage to the left side.
Anyone with information about the incident can call LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives at (213) 833-3713; Detective Felix Padilla at (213) 486-0753 or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 486-3713.
The deadly hit-and-run took place after the LAPD Northeast Division, which patrols Silver Lake, announced it would be redeploying five officers to improve traffic safety and reduce the potential for collisions, including hit-and-runs. About half of the approximately 2,100 collisions reported in the Northeast Division last year involved hit-and-run drivers, according to Capt. Jeff Bert.