BEVERLY HILLS—On Wednesday, September 30, two suspects were arrested in connection to a deadly hit-and-run that occurred back in August.
The incident occurred on August 25 at around 10:56 p.m. Police were summoned to the 300 block of N. Crescent Drive where the body of an unconscious man was lying in the street. The authorities performed CPR on the victim and he was later transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim was later identified as 45-year-old Eliezer Malahi of West Hollywood.
The police reached out to the public to find the person(s) responsible for the accident. Through the use of witnesses and surveillance video, authorities were able to determine two cars were involved in the incident. One was a dark-colored 4-door sedan, which was seen fleeing northbound on the 44 block of N. Crescent Drive. The second vehicle was identified as a dark min-van or S.U.V. which was seen driving southbound on Rexford Drive.
Earlier this week, police were able to locate both vehicles suspected to be involved in the collision. The drivers have been identified as Tony Sun Jae Jung, 45, and Sue Yong Sohn, 46. Authorities believe that the suspects left a local Beverly Hills restaurant in two separate vehicles the same night the accident occurred. Alcohol is believed to have contributed to the accident.
Both Jung and Sohn were arrested on Wednesday, September 30. Sohn, a resident of Irvine, was found and arrested at LAX while she was waiting to board a flight to Seoul, South Korea. Police stated that Sohn had made an appointment to meet with authorities the following day. It was also discovered that Sohn purchased the one-way ticket to South Korea the previous day.
Bail for Jung, a resident of Los Angeles, was set a $100,000 bond, which was posted on October 1. Bail for Sohn was set at $5 million. She still remains in police custody. Sohn was already on probation with the Orange County Superior Court for prior DUI convictions.
On Friday, October 2, five counts were filed against Sohn by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office that include: murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury to another person, driving when privilege suspended or revoked for failing blood alcohol test and driving when privileged suspended or revoked for a driving under the influence conviction.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office deferred filing against Jung, but he is scheduled to make another court appearance on November 30.