Possible fugitive motorist comes forward, released pending investigation | KFI AM 640
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A man possibly responsible for the hit-and-run injury of a restaurant worker on a moped in downtown Los Angeles drove the car believed to be involved in the crash to a police station. police on Thursday, and was released pending further investigation, authorities said.
The man, who has not been arrested, drove to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division at around 11:45 a.m. on Thursday with a blue Mini Cooper suspected of being involved in the accident last week, LAPD Detective Juan Campos of CTD told City News. Service.
“On the advice of his lawyer, he did not make a statement,” Campos said. “He has been released, pending further investigation.”
Campos said the man is “a registered owner” of the car, which suffered collision damage and was impounded. The man was accompanied by family members, but he was not accompanied by his attorney, Campos said.
Miguel Velazquez, 20, was struck from behind around 12:35 a.m. on August 14 while stopped on his moped at a traffic light on Third and Flower streets, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
Security video of the collision shows Velazquez stopped at a red light when a car, described by police as a royal blue Mini Cooper with a sunroof, approaches westbound Third Street and rams the moped from behind , sending the little scooter and rider flying .
“As I was halfway through he hit me and I was already airborne by then,” Velazquez told ABC7, noting that he was on his way home from work at the time. the. “I hit my wrist, broke it when I fractured the other, and my tailbone was badly bruised.”
The driver of the Mini Cooper stopped briefly at the intersection and then drove off.
Velazquez told reporters that three bystanders helped pull him back to the sidewalk and some followed the vehicle that hit him.
Police said a witness also took video of the motorist fleeing the scene.
“Video captured a Toyota Prius flashing its headlights as it followed the Mini Cooper northbound on Beaudry Street,” police said. “Detectives would also like to speak to the driver of the Prius, who may have further information on the Mini Cooper.”
A permanent reward of up to $25,000 has been offered by the City of Los Angeles for information that helps solve a non-fatal hit-and-run.
Anyone with information about the case has been asked to contact detectives at 213-833-3713 or by email at [email protected] Informants can also call the police at 877-527-3247 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS; or use the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.
The driver of the Mini Cooper was described by police as a man in his 40s with dark hair.
Velazquez told Channel 7 that after being hit he was able to “look up and make eye contact with the individual (the driver). He looked worried, mostly to himself, not to me in no way”.
Velazquez said he only recently moved to Los Angeles from Chicago. He praised passers-by who came to his aid and said he was grateful to be alive.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for medical and living expenses for Velazquez while he recovers. The page is at https://www.gofundme.com/f/miguelito-theres-still-good-in-this-world?qid=16a8dd6e64e2bf0627f58c2eaab3b2eb.