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Police need help to find Glassell Park hit-and-run driver

GLASSELL PARK–Police are asking the public for help to find the motorist who struck a 65-year-old man crossing Fletcher Drive on Sunday afternoon and drove off without offering any assistance.

The hit-and-run took place on a section of Fletcher Drive where transportation officials have proposed a series of changes to improve pedestrian and traffic safety.

The victim, a male black, is in critical but stable condition, said LAPD Detective Juan Campos. The victim was crossing Fletcher near San Fernando Road at about 7 p.m. as he was walking from a McDonald’s parking lot to the parking lot of a Pollo Loco across the street. The victim was walking outside of a cross walk, Campos said.

The vehicle involved in the collision was described as a gray, mid 1990’s Toyota or Honda 2Dr Gray vehicle. “The driver failed to stop to identify himself and render aid to the pedestrian,” Campos said.

If anybody has any information, please call Detective Campos at 213-486-0755. Persons can also provide information anonymously by calling We Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME or submitting information at WeTip.Com.

The city offer a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run suspect, he said.

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16 comments

  1. “A male black”? Is that detail required in this case?

  2. If motorists would just follow the law we wouldn’t need road diets, but because they don’t the only way to force people to slow down is to reduce lanes.

    • Pedestrians and cyclists also have responsibility for their own safety and must use common sense, along with motorists. It’s not right to assume every accident involving an auto is the fault of the driver.

      “The victim was crossing Fletcher near San Fernando Road at about 7 p.m. as he was walking from a McDonald’s parking lot to the parking lot of a Pollo Loco across the street. The victim was walking outside of a cross walk, Campos said.”

      • What an ignorant thing to say. You should hope no one leaves you in the street and drives off. Brutal karma.

      • It’s not always about assigning blame. It’s about how we can use design to prevent injuries and fatalities in the first place. The design of our current street network promotes the speeds and behaviors that lead to more frequent crashes. We know how to use design – as well as other tools like education, and yes, enforcement of the rules – to prevent these tragedies. But we refuse to treat our neighborhood streets like anything but a high speed conduit to move as many cars as quickly as possible, regardless of the consequences.

    • Everyone needs to follow the law, including pedestrians who need to use use crosswalks and cyclists who need to obey stop signs. There’s nothing in the article indicating speed was the cause, the driver most likely fled due to lack of insurance and/or being undocumented.

  3. Even if the victim wasn’t in a crosswalk, the crash is the driver’s fault. Pedestrians aren’t responsible for being hit. Even if the guy was running straight at the car like a lunatic, it’s always the driver’s responsibility to drive slow enough and carefully enough to avoid hitting human beings. Enough of this bullshit about pedestrians and cyclists being partly to blame. If you can’t avoid hitting someone, you’re either not paying attention, or you’re driving too fast, and it’s your fault. And in this case, it’s pretty clear the driver knew it because he or she didn’t have the courage to stop, help the victim, and own up to their mistake.

    • Please……. that’s simply not true.

      http://www.alllaw.com/articles/nolo/auto-accident/driver-at-fault-pedestrian-car.html

      http://injury.findlaw.com/car-accidents/pedestrian-accidents-overview.html

      Usually, pedestrian-vehicle accident cases hinge on the duty of care owed by those involved. Both drivers and pedestrians must follow the rules of the road and exercise reasonable care. In many cases, it may seem obvious who was negligent, but the courts look at numerous factors in applying the facts to the negligence elements. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay damages for personal and property damage caused by that negligence.

      Pedestrian’s Duty of Care

      A pedestrian must exercise reasonable care for his or her own safety. The care required must be proportionate to the danger to be avoided and reasonably anticipated consequences. Contributory negligence may be assessed against a pedestrian if they failed to exercise such care and contributed to the cause of their own injuries.

      A few of the most common factors contributing to pedestrian negligence are:

      Ignoring the “walk” signal at an intersection
      Entering traffic and disrupt the flow
      Failing to use marked crosswalks
      Darting in front of a vehicle

  4. Until some actual details are reported, perhaps everyone should just STFU about who is at fault/what was the cause.

  5. This is a notorious intersection we need to put cameras in.

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