A wrong-way driver struck a pedestrian this morning on Skid Row, tossing him 20 feet then fleeing the scene before police launched a pursuit and arrested him, authorities said. Photo via OnScene.TV
A wrong-way driver struck a pedestrian on Skid Row, tossing him 20 feet then fleeing the scene before police launched a pursuit and arrested him, authorities said. Photo via OnScene.TV

A wrong-way driver’s vehicle struck a pedestrian Monday morning on Skid Row, tossing the victim 20 feet. The driver, a possible DUI suspect, was then arrested after a police pursuit, authorities said.

The incident happened near Fifth and Los Angeles streets around 2:30 a.m., said Lt. Nate Williams of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division.

“A gray VW was eastbound on Fifth Street toward Los Angeles, which is a westbound street, when it struck the pedestrian,” Williams said. “It threw him 20 feet and fled. The pedestrian sat holding his chest.”

Police officers followed the suspect’s car and stopped him at Sixth Street and Ceres Avenue, the lieutenant said.

The pedestrian was taken to USC Medical Center,  where he was unconscious, on a ventilator and undergoing a CT Scan, Williams said. Doctors expected him to survive.

The suspect was going to be booked for suspicion of DUI, he said, in addition to possible charges that could be filed in the incident involving the pedestrian.

—City News Service

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