On Tuesday, March 21, a male pedestrian was struck by an automobile mere yards away from the Santa Monica Police Department. Paramedics provided immediate treatment for the victim at the scene before he was taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, he died at the hospital, a victim of serious and fatal injuries.
According to reports, the 40-year-old victim was standing beside an electronic parking kiosk when a sedan driven by a University of Los Angeles student struck him at a high rate of speed. Witnesses reported that the driver continued across Main Street before colliding with a parked vehicle. The driver then exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
California police officers chased the suspect and eventually took him into custody after a struggle. He is described as a “U.S. resident born in Los Angeles of Ethiopian parents.” At this time, the defendant is facing the following charges.
— Vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated
— Vehicular manslaughter
— Felony hit and run
— Felony driving under the influence
— Forcibly resisting arrest
Alleged evidence found in the defendant’s give rise to questions about whether the accident was a hate crime or explicit terrorism. Reportedly, the driver possessed notes written in Arabic as well as evidence indicating he had recently visited two Arab nations. As a result, the defendant’s bail was raised to $10 million.
The family of the victim is probably not thinking about a potential terrorism twist. Instead, they are mourning the loss of a loved one and trying to cope in the aftermath. Anytime blatant negligence is a factor for victims of serious and fatal injuries, the law can assist in bringing the responsible party to justice.
Source: Santa Monica Observer, “CSULA Student Arrested for Felony Hit & Run Death Near Santa Monica City Hall,” March 25, 2017