LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Police Friday were seeking the public’s help in locating the driver of a Tesla involved in a felony hit-and-run accident that left a 34-year-old man in critical condition.
The accident occurred on Nov. 21 around 10:45 p.m. in the vicinity of Olympic Boulevard and Lake Street.
The victim, identified Friday as 34-year-old Emilio Perez, was pushing a cart across the street when he was struck by the light-colored possible Tesla Model 3, police said.
Following the collision, the driver fled the scene failing to stop to render aid and identify themselves.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and the injured pedestrian was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
The vehicle was located at 12:33 p.m. Friday on the 1800 block of St. Andrews Place thanks to an anonymous tip.
Police believe the car was left two blocks from the crash about an hour later with the help of an accomplice.
Security cameras on buildings surrounding the vehicle showed a second car, described as dark in color, show up to the area and drive the suspect away from the dumped car.
Video later showed what police described as a woman in a hoodie carrying a car cover. According to LAPD, the woman tried to cover up the damage to the Tesla.
“So now we believe there’s somebody trying to help this person escape prosecution. And if you do that…you’re aiding and abetting after the commission of a felony crime being committed,” said Det. Moses Castillo. “You could be in some serious legal trouble for that as well. So hey driver, don’t drag anybody else into this. Let’s do the right thing. Let’s hear your side of the story.”
Castillo says the Tesla was a rental and he has been working with the company to figure out who was at the wheel.
No arrests had been made as of Friday evening.
Anyone with information about this collision was asked to contact Central Traffic Division, Detective Moses Castillo at 213-833-3713, and/or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.