Video of a hit-and-run crash in Silver Lake that injured two people riding a scooter — one of whom remained in a coma two days later — was released by the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday.
The crash happened just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Waverly Drive, LAPD said in a statement.
The driver of a gray 2010 BMW 5 Series approached the intersection before striking the rear end of a motorized scooter, which had two people on it, police said.
The video shows the luxury sedan push the motorbike around a corner and into another street. The bearded driver then backs up, pauses momentarily, and then leaves the scene without stopping to check on the victims.
LAPD Detective Moses Castillo said the driver clearly realized what had happened he had to put his car into reverse to dislodge the scooter from underneath it before speeding away.
But because the scooter didn't have its lights on, the motorist may not initially have been able to see it, Castillo added.
The bike's driver, 35-year-old Edras Velasquez, suffered head trauma "so severe it left him in a coma, and now he's fighting for his life," Castillo said. (While a police statement previously identified Velasquez as 34 years old, Castillo later told KTLA he turned 35 on Wednesday.)
The victim is the father of a boy and girl, police said.
As Velasquez remains hospitalized at the LAC+USC Medical Center, his family is weighing whether to take him off life support, Castillo said.
The passenger on the scooter, a 54-year-old male relative of Velasquez, received hospital treatment but has since been released, officials said.
Both Velasquez and his family member were thrown from the scooter by the force of the impact, and the bike was then dragged for about a block.
One witness, Samson Crouppen, said one of the people on the scooter was gasping for air just after the crash.
"I don’t think he had a helmet on," Crouppen said.
Police are still searching for the driver involved, along with a female passenger in the BMW, which is expected to have suffered significant damage to its front end.
"We know for sure there was at least one female passenger seated in the front seat, so there's two individuals at bare minimum that know about what happened," Castillo said.
The driver has been described by police as a heavy-set man around 35 to 40 years old with a beard and dark features.
"The fact that he sped away ... shows a disregard for human life," Castillo said.
As part of the city of L.A.'s Hit-and-Run Program Trust Fund, a reward of up to $25,000 is available to anyone who gives information leading to an offender's identification and conviction or resolution through civil courts. If one of the victims should die, the reward would increase to $50,000.
Anyone with information about the crash can contact Detective Castillo at 213-833-3713 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous tips can be submitted via 800-222-8477.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly indicated that Velasquez was not driving the scooter.
KTLA's Erika Martin contributed to this report.