A 52-year-old Silver Lake teacher was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of hitting a bicyclist with her car then fleeing, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The Oct. 25 collision in the 3000 block of Berkeley Avenue in Silver Lake left the bicyclist suffering from severe injuries, police said. The victim remains hospitalized in stable condition after undergoing several surgeries on his arm and leg.
Detectives identified L.A. Unified School District teacher Molly Jane Hoene as the suspected driver and said she was taken into custody Tuesday morning at a Palm Desert gated community, where she had been staying with family members.
Hoene was charged with one count of felony hit-and-run with severe bodily injury, according to LAPD.
Surveillance video released by LAPD shows a Mini Cooper hitting the bicyclist head-on and quickly leaving the scene.
The caught-on-camera collision launched a search for the driver, with city officials offering a $25,000 reward for information.
A tip led detectives to the car believed to have been involved, a blue Mini Cooper which was found at an auto body shop in Glendale on Oct. 30. The car was impounded and searched for forensic evidence, according to LAPD.
Officers followed several tips and spoke with witnesses and people Hoene spoke with after the incident. Their statements led detectives to believe Hoene was the driver at the time of the collision, LAPD Detective Juan Campos said.
A warrant was issued for her arrest last week, almost a month after the crash.
An LAPD detective confirmed to KTLA that Hoene’s photo was shown on a page listing fifth grade teachers at Ivanhoe Elementary, which is known as one of L.A.’s best public schools. The school is in Silver Lake, about 1 1/2 miles from the site of the crash.
The teacher is being held on $50,000 bail, according to Campos.
No further details were available.