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|Suspects in 2nd Car Crash Connected to Fatal Hit-Run of North Hollywood Senior|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 15 November 2012 08:09|
SUN VALLEY (CNS) - A 72-year-old man was fatally injured as he was struck by a hit-and-run driver as he walked on a North Hollywood street, and a possible suspect is now in the hospital, police said. A 21-year-old Panorama City man, Adrian Cervantes, was found at another crash two hours after the fatal collision, and authorities said he had property that may have belonged to the dead man, according to a desk officer at the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
Although Cervantes was booked on felony hit and run, police are not ready to say if he was the other driver or merely an accomplice.
The fatal crash in the 8100 block of Lankershim Boulevard, just south of Roscoe Boulevard, was reported at 5:06 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 , Los Angeles police Valley Traffic Division Watch Commander Lt. Orlando Moreno said.
"The victim's belongings, including his hat and glasses and other items, were scattered in the street," Moreno said. "But right now we can't say for sure whether the victim was crossing the street or walking along Lankershim when he was hit."
The 72-year-old man was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where he later died, Moreno said. His name was withheld pending notification of kin.
KCAL9 reported that the man who they knew as "Richard" lived in a trailer park and others there would look in on him to see if he was alright. One such neighbor, Carol Bickel, said that she would knock on his door and say, 'Richard, are you alive?' And usually he'd say yes.
He had a habit, she said, of waking up around 5 a.m. and walking to a McDonald's restaurant for breakfast. "He didn't have family, they had all passed on," she said. "We did an intensive search of the area around the accident site but could not locate the vehicle," Moreno said.
A black GMC S15 pick-up truck was seen driving away from the scene, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Two hours after the first crash, there was a second crash, this time on the Golden State (5) Freeway. The injured man (Cervantes) was in possession of property possibly belonging to the hit and run victim at the time, Eisenman said.
After an investigation placed Cervantes at the hit-and-run crash, police planned to charge him with suspicion of felony hit-and-run when he is discharged from a hospital, according to Eisenman. A police detective told KCAL9 that he had never seen someone run over a victim and then take his property and leave. He said (Cervantes) was surrounded by officers watching him in the hospital.
Police are now searching for possible witnesses or anyone who may have assisted in changing a flat tire near Lankershim Boulevard and Sherman Way, Eisenman said. Police asked anyone with information to call the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division at (818) 644-8000 and said all tips can be made anonymously.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 15 November 2012 08:11|