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Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Downtown Santa Monica On Second Street

SMPD Seeks information to apprehend hit and run driver


November 28, 2016

Police seek assistance from the public in locating the driver of this vehicle on Second street in downtown Santa Monica.

11/17: A woman was crossing the street in front of Laemmle's Monica Film Center. It was just before 6 pm on Nov. 15, andthe driver of a 2005 Nissan Sentra was in a hurry to get home for dinner.

As a security camera recorded, the Nissan pulled out from behind a Blue Bus then slowly made a right turn. It accellerated and carried the woman on the hood of the silver car for 100 feet. The driver hit the brake, and the woman fell off the hood, seriously injured.

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is seeking the public's assistance with any witnesses to a felony hit and run traffic collision.

On November 15, 2016 at approximately 5:46 p.m., SMPD received multiple calls for service of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision in the 1300 block of 2nd Street.

Officers responded to the location and discovered an unresponsive female pedestrian with significant head trauma in the crosswalk. The Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics responded and treated her at the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment to her injuries and remains hospitalized.

SMPD's Major Accident Response Team responded to the scene to conduct a collision investigation. A preliminary investigation revealed the involved vehicle fled the scene after colliding with the pedestrian. The vehicle is described as a possible 2000-2006 Nissan Sentra; silver and 4-door. The vehicle may have damage to the front right side; from the bumper to the hood and windshield. The suspect vehicle was last seen southbound on Ocean Avenue towards Colorado Blvd following the collision. SMPD has not received any information on the driver or possible occupants of the suspect vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing and investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who was in the area near the time of the collision. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact SMPD Investigator Jason Olson at (310) 458-8954.

--Lt. Saul Rodriguez, SMPD Public Information Officer


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