Police Seek Driver in Hit and Run That Left Woman With Serious Injuries

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Detectives are seeking a suspect and a possible witness in a hit-and-run collision in downtown Los Angeles that severely injured a 61-year-old woman.

Police responded at 2:55 a.m. Monday to the 100 block of East Fourth Street, near Main Street, where Sandra Martin told them that she was crossing the street when a dark color newer-model four-door Hyundai Genesis traveling in reverse struck her and knocked her down, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

According to Martin, the suspect then stopped, pulled her from underneath the vehicle and got back into the driver's seat.

The suspect then drove away from the scene without offering any aid, according to a Los Angeles Police Department bulletin. The Genesis was last seen driving southbound on Los Angeles Street from Fourth Street.

The driver is described as a Black man with a thin build, between 170 and 190 pounds and between 25 and 30 years old.

Video from the scene appeared to show a newer model Jeep Wrangler following the suspect vehicle after the collision, police said.

``The driver in the Wrangler appeared to be in position to see when Sandra Martin was struck by the Genesis,'' according to the LAPD.

Martin was taken to a hospital with severe injuries that required surgery. Authorities announced Thursday that Martin had been released from the hospital and was recovering at home.

She was walking her dog, a brown long-haired Chihuahua-terrier mix named ''Little Man,'' when she was struck by the vehicle and the dog ran away.

She is asking for the public's help in finding him.

Anyone with information about the witness, the hit-and-run vehicle, the driver or his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Juan Campos with Central Traffic Detectives at 213-833-3713. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call 1-800-222-8477.

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