A hit-and-run video released by the Huntington Beach Police Department is drawing mucho interest on the Interwebs.
Surveillance video from the area of Beach Boulevard and Rubidoux shows two women and a man walking across a McDonalds parking lot at 2:38 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, when a newer, charcoal gray, Dodge Challenger passes in front of them and quickly comes to a stop. The car then backs up and strikes one of the trio, an 85-year-old woman who is knocked her to the ground. As the other woman rushes to the victim's aid, the elderly man ambles over to the driver side and raises a cane at the driver. Watch:
The woman suffered head injuries and had to be hospitalized, but she is expected to survive, according to police. The male driver and his female passenger got out of the Challenger and approached the woman on the ground, but as you see in the video, he motioned to his passenger, both got back in the car and it sped off north on Beach.
The vehicle had no front license plate, a chrome gas cap and chrome rims, according to police. The driver was described as male, white/Asian, mid 20s, short dark hair, 6-foot tall with a medium build. His passenger was female, white/Asian, early 20s, long dark hair, about 5-foot-5, with a medium build.
The video was just posted because it took time for police to process surveillance video, according to the cops.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Huntington Beach Police Information Hotline at 714.375.5066 or click on the Submit a Crime Tip link on the department's Facebook page. Anonymous tips may be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 (855-TIP-OCCS), via occrimestoppers.org or by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) from a cell phone. (All text messages should begin with the letters “OCCS”.)
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