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.