Driver arrested for DUI, homicide after Santa Monica hit-and-run

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Suspect Absadi Kidane, 21, was arrested for a fatal hit-and-run in Santa Monica on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

One person was killed and an allegedly drunk driver is under arrest after a violent hit-and-run on a pedestrian in a Santa Monica parking lot, officials said.

Santa Monica police say a car flew into the parking lot of the Santa Monica courthouse at a high rate of speed, hitting the parking gate and then slamming into a pedestrian who was paying for parking at a meter.

The car kept going and then struck a Corvette across the street before the driver took off on foot.

Santa Monica police, whose headquarters are near the courthouse, caught the driver and took him into custody after a struggle.

The suspect was identified as Absadi Kidane, 21. He has been booked for homicide, vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI, felony hit-and-run and forcibly resisting arrest. He was being held on $2 million bail.

The pedestrian, believed to be a man in his 40s, was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
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