Range Rover Driver Crashes Into Parked Cars in Hollywood Hills, Flees on Foot: Witnesses

The driver of a white Range Rover crashed into parked cars and ran away on foot, leaving vehicles severely damaged in the Hollywood Hills area early Tuesday, witnesses said.

Neighbors assess the damage of vehicles that were struck by a hit-and-run driver on June 13, 2017.

The incident occurred about 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of Cahuenga Boulevard and Odin Street.

Video from the scene showed one vehicle with significant back-end damage and it appeared that the vehicle had been pushed into four others parked on the street.

“I was awake upstairs on the coach and I heard screeching and I could instantly tell that it’s going to happen,” local resident James Albert said.

He said he heard a “boom” and made it down to the street on time to see the driver run away from the crash on foot. Albert said he and another person chased the man for a while and at some point the driver hit him over the head before he got away.

The driver's White Range Rover was towed away from the scene.

Another local resident, Erin Vega, said hit-and-runs happen on the curvy street at least twice a year. She said she has had seven cars damaged in the five years she has lived there.

Four vehicles were damaged when a suspected hit-and-run driver crashed into one car that pushed into the others on June 13, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

“People tend to come up this street very quickly ... especially from the bars down below in Hollywood,” she said. “I’m just happy it’s property and not people.”

The owner of one of the totaled cars, Renne Molenda, said she was just glad she wasn’t in her car when it got “smashed.”

“There needs to be a crosswalk or something so that people don’t get hit and cars don’t get hit,” Molenda said.

Albert described the driver as being about 6 feet tall with a shaved head. He said the man was wearing a leather jacket, a white T-shirt, dark pants and a backpack.

Los Angeles Police Department officials confirmed that the crash was a hit-and-run, but described the incident as “insignificant.”

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled one vehicle owner's name. The post has been updated.

KTLA's Gabriel Orendain-Necochea contributed to this story.