Highland Park — Javier Robles and his girlfriend were riding home on his motorcycle on Figueroa Street when they crashed into a big red pickup that made a left turn in front of them at Avenue 54. Dashcam footage from another driver at the intersection showed the Feb. 17 collision, which threw Robles and girlfriend into the air and then on to the pavement.
Both suffered relatively minor injuries. But now they are looking for the driver of the pick-up, who drove off, Robles said. A witness actually tracked down the driver minutes after the crash and brought him back to the scene. But he ran off again down Figueroa.
Here, according to Robles, is his account of what happened:“As we approached the intersection I saw the truck. We had the green, he was supposed to yield but I always slow down anyway in these situations, this has happened countless times. As we got nearer he didn’t move and suddenly about 30 ft before we got to the intersection he decides to go. I went hard on the brakes to avoid collision (I was doing about 35 mph) but the problem was, aside from the fact that he decided to make the turn just as we were getting there was that instead of making the turn at 90 deg, he went forward, over the crosswalk, and then turned, so he basically drove INTO us, I had no way of avoiding collision at that point, but the brakes on the bike sure did help. We hit the rear of the truck bed. He was carrying containers with water for some reason, that’s the splash that you see on the video. The first one is the fiberglass from my headlight, the second one is the water splashing from the truck ( you can see one of the containers hit the floor immediately). The bike took most of the impact but we still manage to fly and spin in the air. We were wearing full protective gear so that was a huge help. The driver fled (he actually hit the sidewalk, could’ve easily killed a pedestrian too) and a witness chased him down a few blocks.”
An LAPD vehicle drove by during the crash but kept on going, Robles said. It’s not clear if the persons in the patrol vehicle saw the crash. Police did not arrive at the scene until 30 minutes after the collision, Robles said.
Robles, who lives in Garvanza, asks that anyone with information about the crash — contact LAPD Central Traffic Detective Juan Campos at email@example.com and reference case No.19-1106400.
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