Paul Kevin Grover, 62, was struck on Jan. 9 while jogging along Lincoln Boulevard
By Gary Walker
A Playa Vista man who was struck by a hit-and-run driver near Loyola Marymount University has died from his injuries.
Paul Kevin Grover, 62, was out jogging along Lincoln Boulevard at about 4:15 a.m. on Jan. 9 when a southbound driver veered off the roadway near LMU Drive, sheered a light pole and collided with Grover. He died the following day at UCLA- Medical Center, said LAPD West Traffic Officer Martha Dominguez.
The driver of the older-model sedan, who police have described as a black woman in her early to mid 20s, left the scene of the crash on foot.
Dominguez said investigators have identified a person of interest in the crime but have not made an arrest. She said police are following up on leads but declined to elaborate details of the ongoing investigation.
Whether the driver was speeding remains unknown.
“We’re still trying to determine if that was the case,” Dominguez said.
An insurance and real estate broker, Grover operated P.K. Grover Insurance Services in Playa Vista from 2004 until 2006, said his sister, Susan Offutt of Glyndon, Minn.
Offutt, 67, remembered her younger brother as an avid swimmer who also played the piano.
“He loved jogging, too, and would go in the wee hours of the morning,” she said.
Offutt said Grover strived to lead on active lifestyle because he suffered from diabetes, an ailment that had contributed to their father’s death.
“As [Grover] got older, he knew how important eating healthy and staying in shape was,” she said.
Grover had a son, Thomas, who also died during a hit-and-run crash in Glyndon in 2008, Offutt said.
Mark Polland, a Long Beach attorney, knew Grover for 10 years and called him a “great guy.”
Grover had worked with Polland’s father in the insurance business.
Friends and family held a memorial service for Grover on Jan. 19 at the Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey. Grover had lived in the Marina before moving to Playa Vista.
Grover’s family plans to hold a memorial service in Glyndon in early summer, Offutt said.
Polland said that had Grover been a witness to the type of accident that killed him, he would have tried to help the victim.
“That’s the kind of guy that he was,” the attorney said.
Offutt, who talked to her brother on the phone almost every day, said it would be hard not hearing Grover’s voice anymore.
“It’s like a nightmare that you never wake up from,” she said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact investigators at (213) 473-0124 or, during non-business hours, 877-LAPD-24-7. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-222-TIPS. §