Party Bus Drags Man More Than 200 Feet In Hit-And-Run
A party bus struck a pedestrian in Norwalk over the weekend, dragging him more than 200 feet down the street and leaving him with serious injuries. Authorities are still searching for the driver in the brutal hit-and-run.
The victim, 26-year-old Efren Virgen Jr., was struck around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday on Fairford Avenue, near Ratliffe Street, according to KTLA. His brother said that Virgen was walking home from a local bar that night. Witnesses saw flashing lights and heard music blasting from inside of the vehicle, which led them to believe it was a party bus—the kind that's rented out for special events—that hit him.
Virgen was taken to a hospital where he was put on life support, reported CBS Los Angeles. He suffers from a torn pelvis, crushed legs and was put in a medically-induced coma. However, his brother said he's since been taken off life support and is breathing on his own, though Virgen is still in the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood in critical condition.
"The doctor explained it to me, it's like someone took a sword and just chopped him in half, and that's pretty much what happened," the victim's brother, Sam Virgen told NBC Los Angeles.
Witnesses last saw the black party bus heading westbound on Foster Road. "From the evidence at the scene, it would be pretty obvious that the bus driver had to know something was going on," L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. Det. Carl Anna told KABC. "He swerved to attempt to avoid the pedestrian, but hit the pedestrian. He probably saw him and just couldn't avoid him."
Virgen's family says the victim is a father of two girls who are 3 and 8, and also works as a trash collector in Long Beach.
"When you hit a person, and you run, that is so inhumane," Carmen Virgen, the victim's sister, told CBS Los Angeles. "How can you leave someone laying there? I'm pretty sure the driver of that bus is family to someone. They wouldn't like that to be done to them as well."
Anyone who has information on the incident is urged to call the sheriff's Norwalk station at 562-863-8711.
UPDATE 2/24, 12:15 p.m.: LASD has identified the owner of the 1998 Ford E-450 bus involved in the incident, however, they have not released his name yet, reported KTLA. They said the owner is cooperating, and the bus has been taken to tow yard as evidence.