Restaurant worker hit by a car while riding his moped home from work in DTLA; police looking for suspect


    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A man begs the public for help in finding the suspect who hit him with his car while riding his moped in downtown Los Angeles.

    Miguel Velazquez, 30, said he was riding his blue moped home last week after finishing his shift at a downtown restaurant when he stopped at the intersection of Flower and 3rd Street.

    He said the driver of a blue Mini Cooper came down the street and hit him.

    “Just as I was halfway through the corner, it slammed into me and I was already in the air at that point,” said Velazquez, who spoke to Eyewitness News on Tuesday about the incident. “I hit my wrist and broke it when I broke the other one and my tailbone was badly bruised.”

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    He said three Good Samaritans intervened to get him safely to the curb and filmed the suspect as he drove away in the recognizable Mini Cooper.

    Police have released surveillance video of the incident in hopes of finding the driver, who ended up at a traffic light.

    “That gave me a chance to look up and make eye contact with the individual,” Velasquez said. “He did look worried, especially for himself, in no way for me.”

    Velazquez was not seriously injured and only suffered a few broken bones and bruises. He is expected to make a full recovery.

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    He said he had recently moved to LA from Chicago.

    “When he hit, it really slowed things down at that point,” said the 30-year-old. “I think, ‘How could this happen?'”

    Velasquez said he is eternally grateful to the three Good Samaritans who came to his aid. Grateful to be alive, Velasquez said he has no doubt the suspect knows he hit him. He just hopes he’s doing the right thing and turning himself in.

    “He made eye contact with me and decided I wasn’t good enough to stop and help,” said Velasquez. “Honestly, I don’t want a negative outcome, but I want him to take responsibility for what he did to me.”

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    Police are offering a $25,000 reward for any information.

    They said the suspect’s Mini Cooper has a white top and a large sunroof.

    Police posted a photo of what the car looks like on Twitter. They said the suspect’s vehicle may have visible damage to the front.

    Police say the driver may be a Hispanic or Indian man in his 40s with black hair.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.

    A GoFundMe has now been set up for Velasquez. If you want to donate, click here.

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