SANTA MONICA—On January 3, a motorist suspected of drunk driving fled from the scene of a collision that killed a 20-year-old man, as reported by the California Highway Patrol.
The incident occurred at around 4:30 a.m. on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway’s eastbound lanes near the La Brea Avenue off-ramp, according to the CHP.
The crash happened after a 2005 BMW traveling at a high rate of speed struck the back of a truck, causing it to flip over onto the roadway. The owner of the BMW exited his vehicle and ran away from the scene.
The Lawndale resident is suspected of drunk driving. The victim, 20-year-old Paul Michael Stout of Huntington Park, was killed at the scene.
Stout was sitting in the front passenger seat at the time of the crash. Another occupant of the vehicle, a 21-year-old man of Santa Fe Springs, suffered minor injuries that were not considered critical, along with the driver, a 41-year-old man of Hacienda Heights.
No arrests have been made in connection to the incident. No further information regarding the suspect or his whereabouts were available as of press time.