Detectives are searching for suspects in the death of 62-year-old Jihad Muhammad who they say was dragged 13 blocks after being struck by three different hit-and-run drivers in West Adams on Thanksgiving Day. According to a KTLA news report, Muhammad was walking on Adams Boulevard near West View Street when the first car struck him around 8:40 p.m.
Grisly Hit and Run
The white sedan, possibly an Audi A5, was headed east on Adams when it struck Muhammad who was standing in the roadway outside of a crosswalk, police said. Surveillance video shows that the vehicle briefly pulled to the side of the road before continuing east. The second car ran over Muhammad shortly afterward as he lay motionless in the street.
Police say that vehicle was possibly a white Cadillac Seville. Minutes later, a bystander spotted the body and stopped to call 911 when Muhammad was struck by a third car, possibly a white or gray Ford Focus. At this point, Muhammad’s body became lodged under the vehicle, which drove east down Adams Boulevard, nearly a mile before pulling into a gas station.
The driver of that vehicle allegedly pumped gas, got out to see what was under the car and then got back in the vehicle and backed up, dislodging Muhammad’s body. A passenger in her car reportedly got out and saw Muhammad on the ground before the vehicle took off, officials said. Muhammad was eventually pronounced dead at the gas station. Investigators have released surveillance video from the initial crash site and at the gas station with the hope that the public can help them identify the individuals involved. The city is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects.
Justice for Victims and Families
This is apparently the fourth deadly hit and run accident in Los Angeles just over the last week. This was the second hit and run on Thanksgiving Day. Another incident left a man dead in Chesterfield Square. Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), motorists are required to stop and remain at the scene of a crash and most importantly, render aid to injured victims. In this case, we saw horrible examples of how drivers did not seem to care that a man had died and in fact, left his body lying at a gas station.
In such cases, families of deceased victims would be well advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles hit and run lawyer who will remain on their side, fight for their rights and help ensure that the at-fault parties are held accountable. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jihad Muhammad’s family members. We hope the at-fault parties are apprehended and brought to justice.