Public’s help sought in Palmdale hit-and-run

hit and runPALMDALE – Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help to find the driver who struck a pedestrian in east Palmdale Sunday night and then drove away. The following is the press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station’s Traffic Detail:

On Sunday, January 19, 2014 at approximately 8:21 pm, deputies from Palmdale Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a man bleeding and unconscious, who was lying in the roadway on East Avenue R, east of 65th Street East, Palmdale.

The investigation indicates the pedestrian was crossing East Avenue R mid-block and was struck by a vehicle. The vehicle then fled the scene.

A passerby in a vehicle found the pedestrian lying in the street and alerted authorities. The pedestrian sustained serious injuries and received first aid at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel before being transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

Eastbound East Avenue R was closed to routine traffic between the intersections of 65th Street East and Woodbank Way until approximately 12:30 a.m., while this incident was being investigated. This incident remains under investigation by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station’s Traffic Detail.

Persons with information on the collision are encouraged to call the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station at (661) 272-2400.

  20 comments for “Public’s help sought in Palmdale hit-and-run

  1. Samantha (victims sister)
    January 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you everyone for your kind words, prayers and thoughts. It means a lot to my family and I. This morning at 10:30 my brother was pronounced completely brain dead and told us he sadly has no chance of recovery and was pulled off life support. I’d still love all of your prayers for myself and my family. It means a lot.

    • Joseph
      January 22, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      Hi Samantha, it’s Kelly’s dad. I heard the news and I hope that you and your parents have help during this time.My deepest condolences for your brother. Please let me know if you need anything. Please comfort your parents.Take care.

  2. Aryka
    January 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I passed by seeing a man in the road and didnt know what to think about it i did a uturn to see what happened and a car pulled up i called 911 and reported it. I wanted to get out of my vehicle but im only a 20 yr old girl and i was alone i was scared to see a man laying there it kills me inside because if i would of been there 5-10 min sooner i would of got a description of the car. I dont know the victim and its crazy what a impact it has done every day ive been thinking about him. I hope and pray he is okay :( i really hope someone who knows anything would report it in.

  3. Slow Down Eastside
    January 21, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    How about increased enforcement along East Avenue R by the LASD Palmdale Traffic Detail instead of typing a press release. It does not take a detective to figure out we have a problem with drivers and pedestrians interacting here. This road is posted at 55 mph! Try driving 55 and not have a car pull out in front of you, or a cyclist turn left, or a kid jump out in the street on a skateboard. 45 is a realistic number.

  4. Susie
    January 21, 2014 at 11:57 am

    This happened on Sunday ? I saw a similar situation happen but this was on Friday around 1pm . But it looked to be an elderly women passed out in the middle of the street in the median on ave r and around the 50 th in between cvs and rite aid. The police just got there and were helping her up when I drove by so I didn’t stop . I didn’t know if she passed out or someone hit her and drove away . That was during the same time there was a swat team of police cars in the target center stationed because of the man that shothis wife and then killed himself . It was a weird day of things happening .

  5. Yesenia Diaz
    January 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

    We Were There too we were the 3rd car that stop. My prayers go out to him and family its just unbelievable how there are evil people in this world that would leave a human not knowing if he is OK, alive or even breathing i hope they do get this person. as much as the other 4 people in the scene try helping him we did too poor man

  6. Lynn Martin
    January 20, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I am his Aunt and was notified late Sunday night. His. Mother and sister are with him at the hospital. The prognosis is very grim, he is not expected to live. Thank you for the comfort you gave him and your concern.
    Lynn martin

    • Michael Garcia
      January 21, 2014 at 8:47 am

      I am deeply sorry that a tragedy like this has come upon your family. All I have been able to think about is him, and the hopes that his family is taken care of.

    • Aryka
      January 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      If you or your family need anything at all please let me know. I wish i could help find this sick person who did this.

  7. Michael Garcia
    January 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I was there last night, me and my sister were the second car on the scene. The poor man, we tried to help comfort him as much as we could before the medics arrived. I have been worried sick and hope that he makes it through, not only for his sake, but for the sake of his family.

    • Samantha
      January 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Hello Michael, I’m the victims sister. I so much appreciate that you pulled over and sat with him, thats very very good to know. Unfortunately, he has passed away this morning at 10:30 he was pronounced brain dead by two doctors. This is an extremely hard time for my self and my family of course, but I would love to meet you and your sister and just say thank you. Thank you for your concern and your presence there with him. I can’t tell you thank you enough.

  8. dixie
    January 20, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Last March there was a hit and run in Palmdale and the pedestrian died. No charges were filed and the case mysteriously disappeared. Why? The driver was related to somebody at the Palmdale sheriff’s station. Love how that works.

    • AV Folk
      January 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Is that true or just you connecting the dots and coming to an entertaining solution?

      • dixie
        January 21, 2014 at 8:05 am

        This is absolutely a true story. The guy hits a pedestrian and leaves him dead in the street. He goes home and (probably calls his relative) and later returns to the scene of the accident in a different car and turns himself in. He was booked and released on $500.00 bail and end of story. This felony hit and run mysteriously vanishes.

        • dixie
          January 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

          I was incorrect about the bail amount. He had a $50,000.00 bond. Regardless, he still left the scene of the accident with a guy dead in the street AND was driving with a suspended license and all charges were dropped.

          • tommy
            January 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

            interesting..How would you possibly have that information?

          • dixie
            January 21, 2014 at 12:35 pm

            You can read about this accident for yourself. It was on March 29th on Rancho Vista Blvd. and 15th St. East. The only part missing was what lead to all the charges being dropped in April. Mark Horwedel walked away from all charges.

    • His neighbor
      January 22, 2014 at 12:45 am

      After 17 years living next to the young man you are talking about I cannot believe that I go and put flowers on his grave now. He was a soldier and served our country. He didn’t deserve to die the way he did. I’m still absolutely livid about the driver getting away with it. He got nothing!! I miss hearing and seeing my neighbor outside working on his cars. What hurts to most was that this website put a picture up with my neighbors body laying in the street uncovered. I didn’t want to find out that way. I wish people would own up to their mistakes!! RIP A.N.C

  9. Sarah
    January 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    WHO DOES THIS?? PLEASE turn yourself in, this family must be SUFFERING over this.

  10. minty
    January 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Again!? Slow down people. …open your eyes! Of course we don’t know the circumstances if the person crossing was in a crosswalk or not but nonetheless people need to slow down and pay attention. And if u hit someone or something….STOP!!!

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