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The hit-and-run occurred just before 8 pm Saturday, April 5, in the intersection of 17th and Marine streets in Santa Monica.
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The hit-and-run occurred just before 8 pm Saturday, April 5, in the intersection of 17th and Marine streets in Santa Monica.

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Santa Monica Police Search For Hit-And-Run Driver Who Drove Over Skateboarder

Posted Apr. 9, 2014, 12:05 pm

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Santa Monica police are searching for the driver of an older model white Buick Regal or a Chevy Caprice involved in a hit-and-run accident involving a 20-year-old Santa Monica male skateboarder on Saturday night.

SMPD Sgt. Jay Moroso said the accident occurred at 17th Street and Marine Street at 7:50 pm.  

“The victim and a friend were riding their skateboards south down a hill in the southbound lane of traffic on 17th Street with the friend following the victim,” Moroso said. “According to the witness/friend, the victim skateboarder (went) through the stop sign for southbound traffic at Marine Street.”

Moroso said this friend estimated the victim’s speed at 20 mph as he went through the intersection.  

“The suspect’s vehicle was seen driving through the intersection east on Marine Street at what was estimated at 15 mph,” Moroso said. “It is unknown if he stopped for the eastbound stop sign at Marine Street.”

Moroso said the suspect vehicle struck the victim while he was in the intersection and drove over his body.

The suspect stopped momentarily, but drove off without identifying himself/herself or rendering aid, Moroso said.

The victim, identified by KTLA as Ian Imes, sustained a broken vertebrae, a lung injury, and multiple scrapes, lacerations, and abrasions. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

KTLA quotes the victim’s mother Cintia Holz saying that doctors believe it’s unlikely he will ever walk again.

Anyone with information was urged to contact Santa Monica Police Department at 310.395.9931.

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Apr. 9, 2014, 3:41:25 pm

John K Fairweather said...

Oh my God Lord Jeebus in Heaven! It happened on the departure end of Santa Monica Airport. I demand we close all streets in that area for fear that someone else could get hurt. Stop all of these unsafe polluting cars in our neighborhood. It's dangerous! Not in my back yard!

Apr. 21, 2014, 5:31:45 pm

martin marteen said...

who do we feel sorry for, the car driver or the skate boarder? This could be the unfortunate fate of any of us driving a car, in a momentary lapse. Skate boards should be outlawed on city streets. Kids will just not be mature enough to be carefull all the time.

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