Driver Sought for Hitting 2 Cars, Flipping Sedan While Fleeing First Hit-and-Run

The second hit-and-run was captured on another driver's dash cam.

In a hit-and-run captured on dash cam, a speeding Chrysler collides with a car before going airborne, flipping in the air, and striking another car carrying a mom and two small children, Hawthorne police said Monday.

The shocking news — the driver was fleeing from the scene of another hit-and-run crash about 1 miles away from where he slammed into the two cars. He was still on the loose Monday.

The first crash occurred at 120th Street and Prairie Avenue on Feb. 15. The Chrysler driver slammed into another car and took off, Hawthorne police said.

The driver, later identified as Orland Lewis, continued on to the 12700 block of Crenshaw Boulevard.

That’s when police said he crashed into a Toyota Camry at about 70 mph, and the force of the crash sent the Chrysler airborne. The car flipped a full 360 degrees before barreling into the second car carrying the woman and children, ages 8 and 4.

Dash cam footage showed the wreck, and the man running from the scene on foot.

The Camry driver was taken to the hospital while the 4-year-old in the second car was treated at the scene. Her mom took her to the hospital later.

Lewis was still at large on Monday, Hawthorne police said.

Lewis was actually taken into custody the day after the crash on a fraud charge, but managed to post bail before it was discovered that he was involved in the hit-and-run crashes.

Detectives investigating Lewis said he was involved in credit card fraud.

Lewis was wanted on felony hit-and-run charges as well as credit card fraud, police said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call (310) 349-2701. 

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