A California Highway Patrol officer was “doing better” Thursday after being seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash near Malibu the night before, authorities said.
Officer Flores was hit about 9:15 p.m. on Topanga Canyon Boulevard just north of Pacific Coast Highway, according to CHP Officer Patrick Kimball.
Flores was standing outside her patrol car directing traffic at the scene of an earlier non-injury crash when she was struck by a gray Cadillac traveling northbound at an unknown rate of speed, the CHP stated in a news release.
One of the people involved in the earlier non-injury crash rushed to help Flores and used her radio to call for assistance.
Flores, a 14-year veteran of the CHP, was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center in serious condition.
The driver of the Cadillac, later identified by authorities as 76-year-old Prashant Amin, fled the scene but was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run a few miles away, according to Kimball.
Flores “appeared to be doing better” and was in moderate condition as of Thursday morning, Kimball said.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.