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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Silver Lake smash-up*

Damaged car on Dillon Street. Photo by Silver Lake resident.

Silver Lake residents near Dillon and Marathon Street were awakened early this morning to the sound of crunching metal and broken glass.  At least seven* vehicles parked on Dillon between Marathon and Vendome were damaged in the 1 a.m. accident, which was believed to have been caused by a drunk driver who got away, said a Dillon street resident.  Her car was not damaged but her neighbor’s car was hit. Here is an account of what happened:

My neighbor told me the driver hit a white SUV and a Prius and a Mercedes. The SUV rolled down the hill and hit some other parked cars. A Nissan which was pushed onto the curb.   The SUV was towed away …  A loud party was breaking up around that time according to another neighbor who also said the car that did the damage had lost a fender. So be on the lookout for a bashed up car with a missing fender.

*Update: The police report says that five parked vehicles were damaged, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. The official version of events:

The suspect vehicle lost control and crossed into the opposing lane to his left-hand curb, striking four cars. The driver then drove in reverse across the street, and hit a fifth car. He then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. The suspect’s car was impounded. Central Traffic Detectives will conduct a follow-up, starting with contacting the registered owner. Our officers this morning attempted contact at the registered owner’s address, however no one answered at the residence.



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  1. That is terrible! If anyone knows who did this, I sure hope they turn them in…

  2. I live a block away and I heard this happen last night. It was sooo loud and the crunching sounds seemed to go on forever. Guess the fact that the SUV they hit rolled down the street and hit more cars explains that.

    Car alarms were wailing and you could hear the revving engine and screeching tires of the suspect speeding away. Sounded like they were driving so fast afterwards through the neighborhood and screeching tires all the way that I am surprised they didn’t take out more cars during their escape.

    This sucks. Do the police follow up on things like this? Like interviewing whoever threw that party or sending out alerts to body shops in the area? Lt. Wes?

  3. P.S. Thanks Jesus / EastsiderLA for covering this. You provide such a great service for the community. Would not have known the details if it weren’t for you…

  4. I read this report. The suspect vehicle lost control and crossed into the opposing lane to his left-hand curb, striking four cars. The driver then drove in reverse across the street, and hit a fifth car. He then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. The suspect’s car was impounded.

    Central Traffic Detectives will conduct a follow-up, starting with contacting the registered owner. Our officers this morning attempted contact at the registered owner’s address, however no one answered at the residence.

    Wes
    [email protected]
    (213) 484-3400

  5. Thanks Lt. Wes. Great news (well, relatively!) that the person abandoned the car and left on foot. Hope you guys can catch whoever it was when you contact the registered owner – assuming the car wasn’t stolen. Weird to hear the person left on foot though because I heard a car squealing away right afterwards driving very fast through the neighborhood. Hmmm….

    Thanks again and please keep us updated of there are any further developments.

  6. No they dont’ follow up on these things because this happened to me in Echo Park in 2008. They don’t even come out to look at the evidence. You do a report over the phone. My car was hit so hard the wheel hit the curb and bent my axle. $4000 of damage to my 2006 car. I heard the crash while I was asleep and heard the squeel of his fender rubbing against his tire as he drove away, but no, they don’t follow up unless it’s multiple cars like this. Somehow it makes it more serious to the police i’m sure.

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