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Woman Confesses To Hit-And-Run That Injured Three Family Members And Killed Their Dog
A woman has turned herself in for the South Pasadena hit-and-run that injured a family of three and killed their dog. Tiffani Lowden, 38, of Whittier turned herself into police last night at about 10:30 p.m. after being encouraged to do so by a family member, KTLA reports.
Police Chief Arthur Miller said in a press conference today that Lowden chose to remain silent during questioning after admitting to being the wanted driver and made "no indication as to what her frame of mind was when she was behind the wheel of the vehicle."
The SUV that Lowden was driving at the time of the crash had earlier been found abandoned in West L.A., and an anonymous tip had already identified Lowden as a possible suspect.
The crash occurred on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. when Bryan Hollon, 40, and his wife, 30-year-old Alexandra "Ali" Hollon were taking an evening walk with their 4-month-old daughter and 7-year-old Boston terrier, Babell. Bryan Hollon said he thought that the driver saw them because the car slowed down in the intersection, but then sped up and rammed into the family. After impact, Lowden allegedly paused again, and then drove away. Bryan sustained only minor injuries, but Ali's nose was broken and she suffered several cuts to her face, and the baby's skull also sustained fractures. Both Ali and the baby are expected to recover, but Babell was not so lucky. The dog was taken to a veterinarian, but could not be saved. The South Pasadena Police Commission is paying to have Babell cremated and will donate her ashes to the Hollons.
Before Lowden turned herself in, Bryan Hollon encouraged the driver to do so, KTLA reports. "Just take responsibility for your actions. You're either a monster or a coward by doing this," he said.