An elderly man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on the street in front of his home in North Hollywood.
Fatal pedestrian accident: Police arrested a suspect in the hit-and-run death of a 72-year-old man who was struck while crossing the street to get breakfast Sunday in North Hollywood.
• A 21-year-old driver in a black GMC truck ran over an elderly pedestrian who was crossing the street in front of his home.
• The driver fled the scene, but later was involved in an accident on the I-5 freeway.
• Police found the elderly victim’s wallet and other possessions in the wrecked truck.
The deadly pedestrian accident occurred at around 5 a.m. in the 8100 block of Lankershim Blvd, according to a CBS News report.
Sgt. Larry Jones from the Los Angeles Police Department said the elderly man was walking across the street from his home to get breakfast at McDonald’s when he was struck by a black GMC S15 pick-up truck.
“A pickup truck was seen leaving the scene of the accident, apparently with a flat tire,” Jones said. “[The driver] stopped to change the flat tire.”
The victim, whose identity has been withheld pending notification of his next of kin, was transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills where he died, according to a City News Service report quoted in the LAist.
The driver fled the scene in the truck, but two hours later was involved in another accident on Interstate 5. The truck flipped over and the driver — 21-year-old Adrian Cervantes of Panorama City — was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to be treated for injuries he sustained in the second accident.
Investigators who searched Cervantes’ vehicle found the 72-year-old pedestrian accident victim’s wallet and other personal property, Jones said.
“I haven’t seen somebody run a victim over, come back around and take their property from them, and then leave,” said Jones.
Authorities don’t know why Cervantes had the victim’s possessions, but there was speculation that the suspect may have removed he identifying information when he stopped to fix his tire, according to an NBC News report.
Cervantes was booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, police are urging anyone who saw the pedestrian accident or helped change a flat tire near Lankershim Boulevard and Sherman Way to call Valley Traffic detectives at 818-644-8034.
Witnesses may also call Los Angeles Police Department tip line at 877-LAPD-247 (527-3247). To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or text “LAPD” followed by a message to CRIMES (274637).
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