LAPD is looking for drivers in 3 hit-and-runs that left 2 dead


Los Angeles police are asking for the public’s help in locating drivers involved in three separate hit-and-runs that left two dead and one seriously injured.

The most recent incident occurred at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Koreatown, police said. A 22-year-old man on an electric scooter was traveling east on Western Avenue when he was hit by a blue Dodge Caravan heading north on Olympic Boulevard.

A second vehicle heading south then struck the man and dragged him several yards, officials said. The driver of this vehicle, whom the police did not describe, fled.

Firefighters found the 22-year-old man dead at the scene.

The driver of the Dodge Caravan remained at the scene, police said. No drugs or alcohol were involved in the fatal crash.

Meanwhile, police continue to search for the driver who struck and killed Joshua Brown, 32, in the Baldwin Hills area early Friday.

A vehicle was traveling north on La Cienega Boulevard around 1:28 a.m. when it “hit a male pedestrian who was lying in the Obama Boulevard crosswalk,” police said in a statement. The vehicle, which police did not describe, failed to stop and assist the victim, whom Los Angeles County coroner officials later identified as Brown.

Detectives are trying to determine how Brown got to the roadway and how many vehicles hit him.

Brown’s mother, Jo Cie Johnson, told KTLA-TV she hoped the driver would be arrested.

“I want you to know you are a murderer,” she said. “And I hope they catch you and send you to hell and back.”

Brown leaves behind a one-year-old son and a grieving fiancée.

Meanwhile, LAPD officials are also seeking information on the driver involved in the hit-and-run of Sandra Martin, 61, who was injured after being struck by a vehicle in downtown Los Angeles.

Martin was walking her dog at 2:55 a.m. Monday on the 100 block of 4th Street when a four-door passenger vehicle reversed and ran over her, police said. The driver, a grown man, got out and pulled Martin out from under the car.

Martin asked the man if he was leaving, and the man’s response was, “I certainly am,” according to a police statement.

The Los Angeles Fire Department transported Martin to the hospital, where she was admitted with serious injuries, authorities said.

Police are also asking the public to help locate Martin’s pet Chihuahua terrier, named Little Man. She was carrying the dog when she was hit.




Los Angeles Times

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