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Police Tuesday announced the arrest of a motorist who allegedly took off after seriously injuring a 64-year-old man in a hit-and-run collision in Pasadena.

The victim, a Pasadena resident whose name was not released, was struck about 3:40 p.m. Sunday on Villa Street, just west of Lake Avenue, according Pasadena police Lt. Diego Torres. He was on a sidewalk when a vehicle exiting the driveway of a business hit him, Torres said.

“Following the collision, the vehicle fled the scene without (its driver) summoning aid or identifying himself,” the lieutenant said. “The victim suffered major injuries and was transported to a local hospital, where he remains in serious but stable condition.”

About 90 minutes after the collision, officers saw a vehicle on East Colorado Boulevard matching the description of the one involved in the hit-and-run. When they tried to get the driver to pull over, he sped off, Torres said. Officers lost sight of the vehicle, which was found abandoned a short time later in the 200 block of Rosemead Boulevard, he said.

About 6 p.m. Monday, police arrested Sunland resident Mikhail Ryabets, 35, who is the registered owner of the recovered vehicle and had come to the Pasadena police station to report his car stolen, Torres said.

“Evidence disproved his false statement and he was arrested for the felony hit-and-run,” the lieutenant said.

Ryabets posted $50,000 bond and was released with a pending court date of Aug. 1, Torres said.

–City News Service

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