The alleged driver of a vehicle that struck two teenage girls, one of whom is pregnant, was in custody Wednesday, officials said.
The victims, both 17, were hospitalized in serious condition after being hit by a car about 11 p.m. Tuesday in the 11500 block of Hennewell Avenue, according to Sgt. Randy Modrell of the Los Angeles Police Department.
One of the girls, believed to be the suspect’s ex-girlfriend, is pregnant and was later listed in critical but stable condition after the Lake View Terrace collision, authorities said.
The driver, identified as 18-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez of Sylmar, fled the scene in the vehicle, police said. He was taken into custody after a search and booker for felony hit-and-run on $50,000 bail.
Two 17-year-old girls were in a dispute that led to a physical altercation in the roadway that also involved Jimenez, according to a preliminary police investigation. When Jimenez attempted to flee, he hit the two pedestrians, “dragging them under his car, until they dislodged and were left severely injured in the roadway,” an LAPD news release stated.
A witness described that altercation beginning with the driver pulling up with with one of the girls, who exited the car and brawled with the other girl.
“My sister’s ex-boyfriend came and tried to retaliate against her,” said witness Karina Sandoval. “Another girl got off the car and tried to fight with my sister. … After that, the guy just came and ran both of them over.”
Anyone with information was asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division Detective Bustos at 818-644-8021 or Officer Fredo at 818-644-8037.
During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 877-527-3247. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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