Driver Pauses At Crosswalk Before Ramming Into Family, Killing Dog
Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who stopped at a crosswalk before hitting the gas again and striking a family of three that was crossing. The crash in South Pasadena on Sunday evening injured the family and killed their dog. Bryan Hollon, 40, and Alexandra Hollon, 30, went on a walk with their 4-month-old daughter and Boston terrier around 7:30 p.m. They were crossing the intersection at Orange Grove Avenue and Columbia Street in South Pasadena when an SUV turned left onto Orange Grove and struck them in the crosswalk, Pasadena Star News reports.
South Pasadena Police Chief Arthur Miller said that the SUV was not traveling at a high speed at the time of the crash: "The vehicle that struck them actually stopped in the intersection and, by all appearances, should've acknowledged the fact that the pedestrians were in the crosswalk."
Bryan Hollon told KTLA that the family thought the driver had seen them because the car paused, but that the driver then sped up and rammed into them. After the crash, the driver briefly stopped again before driving away from the scene.
Alexandra, who was carrying her baby daughter in a sling at the time, suffered a broken nose and several cuts to her face. The baby suffered fractures to her skull. Both are expected to recover, Miller said. Bryan sustained only minor cuts and bruises.
The dog, 7-year-old Babell, was taken to a veterinarian where she was declared dead. Miller said that the South Pasadena Police Association will pay to have Babell's remains cremated and give her ashes to the Hollons.
The car is described as a newer model, dark-colored SUV on the small side. Miller said the bumper may be dented and there could be some damage on the passenger side of the hood where Alexandra Hollan was struck. He also noted that the left blinker is completely white, which he said is unusual. There has been no information about who was driving the car, and investigators say they can't tell at this point if they believe the driver was under the influence of any substances.
Anyone with information should call the South Pasadena Police Department at (626) 403-7297.
Update, December 23, 10:45 a.m.: The South Pasadena Police Department has revealed via Twitter that they have a suspect in custody. They will reveal more details in a press conference today at 11:30 p.m.