Hit-and-run suspect sought after leaving 1 man injured, another on life support in Silver Lake

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Thursday, September 6, 2018
Hit-and-run suspect sought after leaving man on life support in Silver Lake
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Two men riding a motorized scooter are in critical condition after being struck in a hit-and-run incident in Silver Lake Tuesday.

SILVER LAKE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Two men riding a motorized scooter were injured - leaving one on life support - after being struck in a hit-and-run crash in Silver Lake Tuesday.

The incident occurred around 9 p.m. off Glendale Boulevard and Rowena Avenue. Police said the two victims were ejected after being struck by a silver sedan.

Edras Velasquez, 35, is on life support. The father of two children laid tile for a living. His family wants to know who slammed into the motorbike Velasquez and another young man were on.

"I heard a car kind of screech off," one witness said.

Several witnesses dining outside near the intersection heard the crash. Surveillance video shows what Los Angeles police said is a BMW driving down the hill. It dragged the bike.

The video shows that the driver appears to be aware of what happened because the bike was stuck under the front bumper.

"The guy who hit-and-run them just kind of backed out to get the motorcycle off the front bumper and then just took off down the street," the witness said.

Investigators said the small motorbike did not have lights on.

"After he collided, he should have noticed that there was a collision and he should have stopped and rendered (aid)," Detective Moses Castillo said.

The front of the BMW has damage and authorities said there was a passenger inside.

On Wednesday night, doctors told Velasquez's wife that her husband won't make it. The family must make a decision on whether or not to take him off life support.

She gave Eyewitness News a message for the driver - have a conscience and turn yourself in.

Anyone with information is urged to call police.