A man in the Boyle Heights area has been hospitalized and is in critical condition after a hit-and run-motorist struck and dragged both him and his scooter.
My News LA reports that the man was crossing Mott Street at approximately 10:35 a.m. on Friday, December 5th. While partially through Mott Street and Whittier Boulevard’s intersection, a driver in an SUV hit him.
Officer Drake Madison with the Los Angeles Police Department told reporters in a statement that the man was knocked off his scooter and was dragged approximately a half a block before the driver and an eyewitness dislodged the scooter from the vehicle. The driver then got back into his SUV and fled the scene of the crash.
The driver did not attempt to render aid to the victim.
The victim was taken to an area hospital to treat injuries he suffered in the crash and is currently listed in critical condition. Officials have not yet released his identity.
The victim’s daughter, Olga Jordan, told KTLA Channel 5 in an interview that she is unclear why anyone would ever hit her father and then drive away. “The person hit my dad, knowing that he caused the accident, and fled. Why would he do that? Why? Why wouldn’t he have the courage to assume responsibility? We all have to be good citizens,” Jordan said.
Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating the SUV and its driver. The vehicle is described as a silver Mazda CX-5 that may have sustained some front end damage to the vehicle. The driver is described as a man in his 40s.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (213)-626-LAPD and ask to be connected to Central Traffic Division detectives. For those who may wish to remain anonymous, information may be submitted by calling (800) 222-TIPS.