Santa Monica police have arrested a 40-year-old woman in connection with a hit and run collision that critically injured a female pedestrian Monday, February 1st.
The 28-year-old pedestrian was walking westbound in a marked crosswalk at Pacific and Main streets in Santa Monica at 9:38 p.m., when she was struck by a vehicle, Sgt. Jay Trisler said. The woman was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
The initial investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle, a Malibu resident, was traveling northbound on Main Street when she attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle by using the bicycle/parking lane, Trisler said. The pedestrian was about three feet into the crosswalk when she was struck by the vehicle.
Following the collision, the driver allegedly failed to stop at the scene and continued northbound on Main Street, Trisler said. A witness was able to obtain the license plate of the suspect’s vehicle and notify police.
Officers located the vehicle in the area of Second Street and Ocean Park Boulevard, where the driver was arrested for felony hit and run, police said.
The Santa Monica Police Department is continuing to investigate the cause of the collision.
Anyone with information is asked to contact investigator Chris Dawson at (310) 458-8954, Sgt. Jay Trisler at (310) 458-8971, or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.