Police say the victim, identified as a 73-year-old homeless man, was walking westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard and crossed Lincoln Boulevard against a red light. The driver, who had the green light, was heading southbound on Lincoln Boulevard. The driver struck the man, and then fled the scene.
Authorities say they received a phone call from a person who believed their 76-year-old family member was involved in the accident. After reviewing the damage to the man's car, police determined that he was the hit-and-run suspect.
The suspect, a Los Angeles resident, has not been arrested. Authorities say he is cooperating in the investigation.
The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information regarding this incident, you're urged to contact the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.