TOPANGA ( — A 75-year-old man from West Hills was in custody Thursday morning after California Highway Patrol officials say he hit an officer as she directed traffic around an accident scene, then fled.

Prashant Amin was driving a 2013 Cadillac XTS on Topanga Canyon just north of Pacific Coast Highway at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday when a 39-year-old CHP officer was investigating a non-injury traffic crash, according to a CHP accident report.

The officer, identified only as Officer Flores, was struck by the Cadillac as it drove north on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, according to the CHP. Following the crash, the driver allegedly fled the scene but was later spotted a few miles from the crash scene and arrested by CHP officers.

Amin was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, according to the CHP.

Flores was helped by one of the people who was involved in the accident she was investigating. She was airlifted UCLA Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The collision is being investigated by the CHP.

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