Los Angeles drivers may soon see Amber Alert like notifications for severe and fatal Hit-And-Run crashes after the city council passed a motion to lobby the state Wednesday.
LA city's been called the "Hit-And-Run Capital of America," police still searching for a white sedan they say hit a bicyclist in Mission Hills on May 4th. The victim, Scott Brandsrud, 53, is still in critical condition.
"It's the most cowardly thing you can do is hurt somebody and flea. So, we're going to go after those folks," said Councilman Mitch Englander during the meeting.
Englander introduced the motion to lobby the state legislature to create a bill that would lead to an Amber-Alert like posting of vehicles involved in severe and deadly hit and runs. The council unanimously agreed.
Councilman Paul Krekorian said LA needs to take the lead on this.
"This is an issue that's vital to life and safely. We need help from Sacramento to help resolve this," Krekorian said.
"We need to utilize the technology we have today, whether it's the Amber Alert system, whether it's a reverse 911, a Nixle alert system, a blast of text messages. We need to do everything we can within the tools we have and get the public to help to crack down on these types of crimes. It's gotta stop," Englander said.
Between 2007 and 2011 the city of LA saw an annual average of 22 severe or fatal hit and runs involving bicyclists and 92 involving pedestrians, according to LAPD statistics. Police are still looking for the driver responsible for Brandsrud accident. His brother Nick Brandsrud tells us they wished they had more information on the suspect.
"I guess a couple cars chased the guy down, but didn't get a license plate or anything. So they don't have much to go on," Brandsrud said.
Councilman Englander says a description posted on the highway is what the may have made the difference in cases like his.
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