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Hit & Run

Drag Queen Survives Violent, Possibly Intentional Hit-and-Run



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WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — A hit-and-run crash in West Hollywood was caught on camera. The victim is a popular drag performer who also sings with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.

CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Crystal Cruz says the video is disturbing to watch. Perhaps more disturbing, it appears the victim was hit intentionally.

He survived the attacked and spoke Wednesday evening to CBS2/KCAL9. Police are still searching for the suspect.

“The driver swerved and the next thing I knew I saw headlights,” says Sasha Markgraf. “I saw headlights and the next thing I knew I was hitting a tree that was next to me. And waking up 10 minutes later.”

He is home recovering, sporting an arm and leg brace, after being hit by a driver leaving Flaming Saddles, a bar in WeHo, two weeks ago. The driver took off and Markgraf was rushed to the hospital with major damage to his shoulder […]

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Hit & Run

Man Sentenced for Hit-and-Run Death of Pedestrian on Sunset



HOLLYWOOD — A 21-year-old man has been sentenced for the hit-and-run fatality of an Australian man in Hollywood last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Kristopher Ryan Smith of Norwalk was sentenced yesterday to 30 days in jail, 300 hours of community service and three years of formal probation.

Deputy District Attorney Kristopher Gay said Smith pleaded guilty in February to one felony count of hit-and-run driving and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence.

On April 18, 2019, at 1:30 am, the defendant was driving and hit and killed 56-year-old Andrew Mallard as he was walking across an uncontrolled portion of Sunset Boulevard at Formosa Avenue. Smith fled the scene but later turned himself in.

Case BA479208 was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, West Traffic Division.

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LAPD Searching for La Brea Hit and Run Suspect



LOS ANGELES — Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision.

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, around 7:15 a.m., a Mitsubishi Montero was traveling southbound on La Brea Avenue and collided with the victim who was walking eastbound on 3rd Street. The victim survived and sustained serious injuries. The driver of the Mitsubishi fled the scene without identifying himself or herself and did not render aid to the victim, as required by law.

The hit and run vehicle is described as a 1998 or 1999 Mitsubishi Montero, possibly dark green or maroon in color, with a brush guard on the front and a spare tire mounted on the rear.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact West Traffic Division Detectives, at (213) 473-0234 or (213) 473-0222. During weekends and off-hours calls should be directed to the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). For anonymous calls please call LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or visit, or Tipsters

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Woman Charged With Fatal Hit-and-Run of Friend on Martel



LOS ANGELES — A woman has been charged with running over a friend and then fleeing the scene last month in Hollywood, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Samantha Cunha of Pearl Beach, Fla., faces one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death.

Arraignment is scheduled today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Case BA485173 was filed yesterday.

On January 20, Cunha was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her friend Sofia Fari Ardalan, 27, when they reportedly got into an argument with a motorcyclist, prosecutors said. Ardalan pulled into her apartment driveway and both women exited the vehicle to argue with the man.

When Cunha allegedly returned to the passenger side of the car, the vehicle began rolling, knocking Ardalan down. The driver attempted to enter the driver’s seat of the moving vehicle as the vehicle collided with the curb and a tree.  The driver was knocked down, became trapped under the Mercedes and succumbed to her injuries. The defendant then allegedly moved the gear shift, causing the car to run over Ardalan.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the location and pronounced the victim dead at scene.  

Samantha Cunha was booked for felony hit and run, California Vehicle Code – 20001(a).  Her bail amount was initially set at $50,000.00. 

Cunha is charged with then fleeing from the scene, prosecutors added.

If convicted as charged, Cunha faces a possible maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, West Traffic Division.

Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

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