WEST HOLLYWOOD —On April 30, six people were injured during a hit-and-run collision in West Hollywood.
The incident occurred at around 11 a.m., when a man driving an SUV hit four vehicles on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Six people were injured, and five were treated for injuries not considered life-threatening.
The suspect had reportedly fled after striking the first vehicle on the 9200 block of Sunset Boulevard near Doheny. During the next several minutes, the suspect continued eastbound and hit three more vehicles, the second collision occurring at San Vicente Boulevard, the third just west of Fairfax at Hayworth, and the fourth east of Fairfax at Ogden, where the suspect, a man believed to be in his 50s or 60s, was captured, according to police reports.
Canyon News spoke with Detective Tom Brooks, a media spokesman with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department.
“It would help to get a license plate number, or to take cell phone pictures,” Brooks advised when witnessing a hit-and-run. “That would help with the prosecution.”
When asked by Canyon News if it was possible that the perpetrators of hit-and-run incidents could be encouraged not to leave the scene of an accident, Brooks stated, “It is usually not possible to prevent the drivers from fleeing the scene. Usually, the drivers take off because they’re scared, or they don’t have insurance, or they don’t have a license number, or they are wanted somewhere, so unfortunately hit-and-run incidents usually can’t be prevented.”