Police Search for Driver Who Fled After Hitting, Injuring Pedestrian in Koreatown

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Authorities were offering a $25,000 reward for information on a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that severely injured a pedestrian in Koreatown early Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.

The victim suffered a head wound but was lucid when paramedics transported him to the hospital around 12:30 a.m., Los Angeles Police told KTLA.

An individual possibly driving a white Mazda sedan westbound on Eighth Street near Catalina Street had struck the pedestrian, the agency said. The victim was not on a crosswalk at the time, according to police.

The driver could still face a felony hit-and-run charge because he or she failed to stop, officials said.

Video from the scene shows Los Angeles fire personnel placing a bandage on a man’s head, who was on the ground near the middle of the street.

Police released surveillance video showing the suspect’s car in the area where several businesses are located.

Authorities provided no further details.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the West Traffic Division at 213- 473-0234. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

KTLA’s Nouran Salahieh contributed to this report.

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