SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — A hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a pedestrian in a parking garage remains in police custody, authorities said Wednesday.
According to police, Absadi Kidane, 21, is being held in lieu of $2 million at the Santa Monica Police Department Jail for homicide, vehicular manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony driving under the influence, felony hit-and-run and forcibly resisting arrest.READ MORE: Westminster Officer On Paid Leave After Punching Handcuffed Woman
Kidane is suspected of plowing through a parking gate at the Santa Monica courthouse and slamming into a man who was paying for parking.
The crash was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of Main Street between Pico and Olympic boulevards.
Paramedics transported the unresponsive man to a hospital for treatment of critical injuries sustained in the crash. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.READ MORE: 'First Step Towards Justice': Biden Set To Fully Recognize Armenian Genocide
The victim’s identity is being withheld pending family notification.
Kidane was confronted by police in the 300 block of Pico Boulevard. He was taken into custody following a struggle with officers.
At this time, it remains unclear if Kidane knew the victim prior to the crash.MORE NEWS: Beloved University Of Kentucky Basketball Player, Terrence Clarke, Killed In Northridge Car Crash
Anyone with information about this case has been urged to contact the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.