The driver of a possibly red sedan involved in a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a tow truck driver in the east Hollywood area last month remains at large, and the victim issued a plea Friday for the suspect to surrender.
Gus Ventura was in the process of towing a vehicle on Virgil Avenue, just south of Clinton Street, about 8 p.m. Feb. 6 when a car traveling southbound on Virgil Avenue struck him, launching him into the air until he landed in the bed of his tow truck, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Detectives determined, based on the 18-foot bed of the tow truck and video of the incident, that Ventura was thrown about 30 to 35 feet.
From his hospital bed Friday morning, Ventura detailed his injuries for KTLA5.
“I suffered (a) broken pelvis, broken femur, broken ankle, dislocated shoulder … but I was blessed also at the same time,” Ventura told Channel 5.
“Whoever you are, I forgive you; I forgive you,” hesaid. “And even though you don’t believe this, I love you. God loves you. So, please, do the right thing. Don’t continue to fight it. Do the right thing (and) turn yourself in.”
Earlier, Ventura expressed similar sentiments in a video that was posted on the LAPD Central Traffic Division’s YouTube channel.
“You’ve drastically changed my life,” he said in the video. “Not only did you affect my life, you affected my children, as well. I have God in my life, I forgive you, but you need to do the right thing and turn yourself in.”
A standing reward of up to $25,000 is available from the city of Los Angeles for information that helps police solve a non-fatal hit-and-run.
Anyone with information on the case was asked to call the LAPD Central Traffic Division at 213-833-3713; 877-LAPD-247; or Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS.
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