Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested After Woman on Skateboard Fatally Struck in Playa del Rey

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A hit-and-run driver was arrested after a woman on a skateboard was fatally struck in Playa del Rey early Thursday morning, police said.

The crash occurred about 1:16 a.m. near the intersection of Pershing Drive and Campdell Street.

The victim  was coming out of a local business with a friend and was showing her a new skateboard when she was struck on Pershing Drive, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Brian Wendling said.

On Thursday afternoon the victim was identified as Patricia Ann O’Donnell, 48, by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Sebastian Nixon, who owns a massage parlor nearby, told KTLA O’Donnell lives in the area and had just left a nearby laundromat when she met up with a male friend. Nixon said it appeared as if the man was giving her a skateboarding lesson.

Nixon said a black Audi A5 then came “flying down the road” and hit O’Donnell.

She landed against a curb and was pronounced dead at the scene, Wendling said.

The driver — later identified by police as 45-year-old Patrick Finkelstein — had fled without stopping to help the victim.

The man O’Donnell was with deliberated whether to stay and render aid before ultimately jumping into his car to try and chase down the driver, according to Nixon.

Finkelstein, of Santa Monica, was caught by police around 4 a.m. and booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence, officials said.

He was released around 2 p.m. after posting $100,000 bail but is scheduled to appear in court March 5, inmate records show.

Correction: This post has been updated to correct the victim’s age.

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