The Corvette struck several cars along Lincoln Boulevard before plowing into  a gas pump safety post at the Shell gas station on Fiji Way Photo by Ryan Cliver

The Corvette struck several cars along Lincoln Boulevard before plowing into
a gas pump safety post at the Shell gas station on Fiji Way
Photo by Ryan Cliver

A brand-new silver Corvette with smoke billowing from its engine smashed into several cars at high velocity early Saturday morning before striking a metal safety post protecting a gas pump at the Shell gas station on Fiji Way.

Westchester resident Ryan Cliver was driving southbound on Lincoln Boulevard at around 9 a.m. when he noticed the sports car speeding toward him.

“I saw this huge cloud of smoke moving toward me. Then I heard this ‘bang, bang,’ where he hit at least three cars when he got to Lincoln and Fiji Way,” Cliver said.

The driver of the 2015 Corvette was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, Sgt. O.C. Smith of the LAPD’s West Traffic Bureau said. Despite the multiple collisions and significant front-end damage to the Corvette, the driver suffered only minor injuries and no one else was hurt, Smith said.

On his way home, Cliver noticed the driver had left something on the boulevard about a quarter mile from the gas station, near Ballona Creek.

“I saw his hood lying on the street [near the bridge over Lincoln] before I passed the Culver Loop,” Cliver said.

— Gary Walker