HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) — Residents living on Cahuenga Boulevard near the 101 Freeway in Hollywood are urging Los Angeles city leaders to make that stretch of road safer after yet another violent hit-and-run crash.
“It just sounded like a jet engine went like went down,” said Rich Kane, describing the moment when an out-of-control vehicle crashed outside of his home on Christmas night.
Kane’s surveillance cameras captured harrowing footage of the car as it veered off the road, slammed into a tree and then a parked before coming to a stop around 8:30 p.m.
The Los Angeles Police Department said the crash is being investigated as a felony hit-and-run after the driver fled the scene. A passenger was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital.
Kane said, “That car was right here and there’s nothing you would be able to do. You wouldn’t be able to jump out of the way so… an innocent person could have been killed.”
He is thankful no one else was hurt.
This isn’t the first time a crash like this has caused havoc for people living on the notorious stretch of road.
“Prior to the pandemic it would happen at least one a month. It would always be a Friday, Saturday night, and the cars just zip by here,” Kane said.
In June 2017, the driver of white Range Rover slammed into four parked cars in the exact same spot.
That driver also fled the scene.
Kane said, “It’s always usually a high class car or sports car so the luxury car coming in and like I said, they hit. I’ve literally seen people crash their car, pick up their bumper, toss it and then run into the hills.”
He said the Cahuenga Boulevard curve, heading toward the freeway, has proven to be dangerous. He urged the city to do something to make it safer like installing a light or speed bumps.
“I really feel all this accidents that have been happened here could have been avoided years ago,” Kane said.
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