Moped hit-and-run: Mini Cooper owner who hit driver in downtown LA reports to LAPD

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Police have located and seized a Mini Cooper involved in a hit-and-run that left a moped driver with broken bones in downtown Los Angeles.

The owner of the blue 2006 Mini Cooper showed up at LAPD Central Station with his vehicle Thursday morning after the hit-and-run publicity. The owner did not make a statement to the police on the advice of his lawyer.

The vehicle has been seized and will be examined for evidence. The owner, a Los Angeles resident, has not been arrested at this time. The vehicle had front end damage consistent with the collision.

Hit and run video shows a moped driver stopped at a traffic light near Flower and Third streets on August 14 at around 12:35 a.m.

The Mini Cooper quickly approaches the light and appears to slow down but not in time to avoid hitting the moped, sending the rider flying down the street.

Restaurant worker hit while riding moped home from DTLA job

The victim, Miguel Velazquez, 30, said he was driving home from work on his moped when he was hit from behind. He broke both wrists and injured his tailbone when he landed and won’t be able to work in his restaurant for a while.

“He made eye contact with me and decided I wasn’t good enough to stop and help,” Velasquez told Eyewitness News. “Honestly, I don’t want a negative result, but I want him to take responsibility for what he did to me.”

A GoFundMe page has been created to help Velazquez. The page says he moved from Chicago to Los Angeles just two months ago and is not yet eligible for state health insurance or disability benefits.

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Earnest L. Veasey