Authorities Investigate 2 Unrelated Hit-and-Run Crashes Near MacArthur Park Within 24 Hours; 1 Arrested

Los Angeles Police officials are investigating two separate hit-and-run crashes that occurred near MacArthur Park within 24 hours of each other.

Officials have made an arrest in one of the cases, according to the LAPD.

The first crash occurred along South Alvarado and West Third streets about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

A 53-year-old man was struck while standing in the roadway along Alvarado. The victim was dragged about a quarter-mile until Grand View and Miramar streets.

The driver continued without stopping or rendering aid, police said. The victim was taken to a hospital where he remains in critical condition. The suspect vehicle was described as a mid 2000s Toyota Camry, police said.

The second crash occurred in the same area about 9:15 a.m., police said.

In that incident, a 58-year-old woman was possibly trying to get into her car when she was hit by a vehicle heading south on Alvarado, according to police.

The victim suffered “severe head trauma” and was taken to a hospital where she also remains in critical condition, police said.

The driver drove away from the scene, but a nearby resident saw the crash and followed the suspect to his home, police said.

The witness alerted police, who responded and took the driver into custody. The suspect was identified as Jonathan Chung, 29, and he was booked into jail on suspicion of felony hit and run.

Anyone with additional information about either of the crashes can call the LAPD central traffic division at 213-833-3713.