Alleged Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested After Crash Sends Car Into Flood Control Channel

By Samantha Tata and Pablo Kay
|  Thursday, Dec 26, 2013  |  Updated 11:32 PM PDT
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A car carrying two adults and two children landed in a flood control channel after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in North Hills. That driver was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Chuck Henry reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Dec. 26, 2013.

A car carrying two adults and two children landed in a flood control channel after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in North Hills. That driver was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Chuck Henry reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Dec. 26, 2013.

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A driver was arrested Thursday night for allegedly slamming into a car, sending it and four passengers plunging into a flood control channel, then driving away from the crash, authorities said.

The hit-and-run collision happened about 7:40 p.m. near Parthenia Street and Noble Avenue in North Hills, according to a watch commander with the Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division.

A car carrying two adults and two children plunged into a flood control channel. The driver of the other car fled the scene, but was tracked down using his license plate number and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, the watch commander said.

One of the adults were lifted out of the channel using a ladder truck. The children complained of injuries, and one of them had a visible bruise on their face, officials said.

Further information, including the passengers’ conditions and the hit-and-run driver’s identity, was not immediately available.

It was the second crash in the San Fernando Valley Thursday night believed to be alcohol-related.

Two hours later in Woodland Hills, a multi-car wreck critically injured at least three people, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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