A Mini Cooper that struck a bicycle head-on in Silver Lake, seriously injuring the rider, is owned by a female employee of the Los Angeles Unified School District, police said.
The woman has refused to cooperate with police and instead hired an attorney, said LAPD Detective Moses Castillo.
“She has not been arrested and she refuses to talk to us,” Castillo said. “We’re hoping a witness comes forward and can put her behind the wheel.”
The victim, a homeless man, was struck head-on by what’s believed to be an early model blue Mini Cooper about 11:45 p.m. Friday in the 3000 block of Berkeley Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“The victim sustained severe injuries and was admitted to a local hospital, where he is in stable condition,” according to a police statement.
He suffered a fractured spine in addition to a broken leg and broken arm, police said.
The damaged car was towed to the Route 66 Collision Center at 6820 San Fernando Road in Glendale, prompting a call to authorities by the owner of the shop, who had seen reports about the crash on television, police said.
A Twitter post from the Central Traffic Division directed at the school district asked anyone with information about the driver of the Mini Cooper that night to come forward.
“We believe there is someone who has personal knowledge about who was behind the wheel at the time of the collision,” LAPD Detective Moses Castillo said. “Do the right thing and reach out to us. We have the vehicle in our custody, now we need the driver. We will listen to anyone who saw the driver just prior or after.”
Anyone with information about the collision, the car or the driver was urged to contact Central Traffic Division Detective Juan Campos at 213-833-3713 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Central Traffic Division watch commander at 213-833-3746. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
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