Video of vehicle involved in Silver Lake hit-and-run crash

Silver Lake   — Police today identified a 33-year-old suspect believed to be involved in the hit-and-run crash in September that claimed the life of a man riding a motorized scooter.

Roberto A. Garcia-Martinez, who lives in the Echo Park area, has been booked on an unrelated warrant, and his bail was set at $10,000, according to LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives. The case will presented to the L.A. County District Attorney next week, police said.

Detectives are crediting anonymous tipsters for information that lead to the recovery of the suspected vehicle and key vehicle parts in an auto body shop in Hemet, police said.

The hit-and-run crash between a car and a motorized scooter took place on the evening of September 4 near the intersection of Glendale Boulevard and Waverly Drive. 

Esdras Velazquez, 35, who was riding the scooter with another man, died a few days after the crash from his injuries.

A surveillance video released by police shows the suspect’s vehicle at the corner of Glendale and and Rowena Avenue near the crash scene. The vehicle stopped and went into reverse to dislodge the bike caught under the vehicle, detectives said. The vehicle then drove forward and turned westbound on Glendale.

Edras was a father of two and laid tile to earn a living, family members told KABC 7.

Police are urging the woman who was a passenger in the suspect’s vehicle to come forward to assist with the ongoing investigation.


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