Tesla Recovered, Driver Sought After Pedestrian Critically Injured in Pico-Union Hit-and-Run: LAPD

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A Tesla believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian critically injured in the Pico-Union area was found on Friday, and now police are asking for help locating the driver.

The male victim was struck while walking northbound in the area of Olympic Boulevard and Lake Street about 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.

Surveillance video showed the man crossing in an unmarked crosswalk when he was hit by a car speeding across the street. The victim appeared to have seen the car, as he dropped what he was carrying and attempted to move back to the sidewalk.

The man was thrown about 50 feet, according to police. He was transported a hospital in critical condition.

A white Tesla found in the 1800 block of South Saint Andrews Place in Harvard Heights is believed to be the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run, according to LAPD Detective Moses Castillo. Video from the scene showed the car had major damage to its windshield and the hood.

A description of the driver has not been provided. Castillo urged the driver to turn himself or herself in to police.

“If you’re listening to this broadcast – to the driver: do the right thing, come talk to us, give us your side of the story," he said.

A woman was seen in surveillance video covering the parked, damaged Tesla with a car cover the following day, police said.

The victim carried no identification and initially remained unidentified, Castillo said. But he was identified Friday as 34-year-old Emilio Perez, who is believed to be homeless.

"He was carrying a Bible, and a necklace with the cross on it was found at the scene," Castillo said.

No further details were immediately available.

KTLA's Nidia Becerra and Matt Philips contributed to this story. 

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