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Sunday, September 6, 2020

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Pedestrian Severely Injured in Hit & Run Collision NR20223jc

September 25, 2020

Through the assistance of news media, detectives received a tip that lead to the identification of the driver involved in a hit and run traffic collision that severely injured a 70-year-old woman. Today at 2:45 p.m., detectives went to the 900 block of Menlo Avenue and arrested 34-year-old Christopher David Smith at his residence. He was booked (Booking #6019099), and bail was set at $50,000.00.

Chinatown: On September 4, 2020, around 5:00 p.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division (LAPD, CTD) responded to a call for service at the intersection of North Broadway and College Street. The officers' investigation revealed that a pedestrian described as a 70-year-old woman was crossing North Broadway when she was struck by a black Mercedes Benz sedan. The driver of the Mercedes Benz sedan stopped briefly but fled the scene. The driver failed to stop, remain at the scene, render aid, and identify themselves as required by law.

The pedestrian sustained multiple blunt-force trauma injuries because of the collision. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to a local hospital in critical condition.

The driver of the Mercedes Benz sedan is described as 35 or 40-year-old male Black. He stands at 6 feet 4 inches, weighs 180 pounds, and has braided short blond hair. He has a tattoo of the number, "1" on the left side of his face and has tattoos on both arms. The Mercedes Benz is described as a 2003-2006 model C 230 with dealer-issued paper plates.

**NOT actual suspect vehicle; Similar vehicle**

Drivers are reminded to drive at a safe speed and if you become involved in a collision, you should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify yourself.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

If anyone has information regarding the vehicle, driver, or collision please contact Detective Jose De Leon of CTD, at 213-833-3713 email: or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-833-3746. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 323-846-6553 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.