Los Angeles, California – Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a hit-and-run driver who struck a 61-year-old woman while driving in reverse on a downtown Los Angeles street.
The hit-and-run accident occurred at 3 a.m. Monday while the woman was walking her Chihuahua-terrier called “Little Man” in the 100 block of East Fourth Street. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries following the accident. Hospital officials said due to the extent of the injuries, the woman should undergo surgery.
The Los Angeles Police Department put security camera footage from the accident on YouTube, showing the vehicle driving in reverse for more than half a city block before hitting the victim.The dog could be seen in the footage running away from the scene after the accident.
The hit-and-run driver stepped out of the car and pulled the woman out from beneath the vehicle before getting back into the four-door sedan.
The Los Angeles Police Department stated, “Prior to getting back into his vehicle, the driver was asked if he was leaving, and his response was, ‘I sure am.’ The driver fled the scene without rendering aid and identifying himself.”
Information regarding the vehicle or the driver was not made public at this time.
If you have any information on this case, you are urged to contact Detective Juan Campos of the Central Traffic Detectives at 213-833-3713 immediately.