Driver Sought in Hit-and-Run That Injured Santa Monica Skateboarder

Police were searching Tuesday for a hit-and-run driver who struck a skateboarder and left him for dead in an intersection in Santa Monica.

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Ian Imes, 20, remains hospitalized after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Santa Monica on April 5. (Credit: KTLA)

The collision occurred just before 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the intersection of 17th and Marine streets (map), according to police.

Ian Imes, 20, was on his way to a skateboarding park with his friend Ryan when he was hit.

The pair was skateboarding downhill on 17th Street when Imes went through the four-way stop at Robson Avenue, according to his friend Ryan Graham.

Graham said they were in the bike lane and were traveling too fast to stop.

It was not clear if the vehicle that hit Imes had stopped at the intersection, according to an email from Santa Monica Police Department Sgt. Jay Moroso.

Imes was going about 20 mph, according to the friend he was with, and the vehicle was seen driving going about 15 mph, Moroso said.

“He was supposed to stop,” Graham said of the motorist. “We were in the bike path, so we just went through. And at that point, we were going too fast to even stop.”

The car hit Imes with its front wheels, and then the back tires ran over the skateboarder, said Graham, who ran to his friend’s side.

After hitting Imes, the driver stopped momentarily, but drove off without rendering aid, Moroso said.

The young man suffered a broken vertebrae, a lung injury, and multiple scrapes, lacerations, and abrasions, according to police.

Doctors believe it’s unlikely he will ever walk again, his mother Cintia Holz said.

“Chances are less than 5 percent,” Holz said. “It will take a miracle.”

The vehicle was described as a white, older-model Buick Regal or Chevrolet Caprice.

“That person crushed my son and ruined lives,” Holz said.

Anyone with information was urged to contact Santa Monica Police Department at 310-395-9931.

KTLA’s Kimberly Cheng contributed to this story.


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