Arrest in Melrose Place Hit and Run

A 74-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Thursday in connection with a hit-and-run collision that left a 22-year-old college student and part-time restaurant valet critically injured.
Bail was set at $50,000 for Michael Goldman, who was booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run on the same day that Benjamin Zelman's mother made a televised plea for help in finding the driver.
Goldman's arrest was confirmed by Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Richard French, but details were not immediately available.
Zelman, a Santa Monica College student who parked cars for Koi restaurant, was crossing La Cienega Boulevard north of Melrose Place, near West Hollywood, when he was hit by an older-model Volkswagen Beetle about 10:40 p.m. May 19.
Zelman suffered a critical head injury, and remains hospitalized in a coma.
``I think he's going to make it. I have that prayer in my heart, but because of the brain injury ... he's struggling, he's not able to wake up yet,'' his mother said at a mid-morning news conference near the accident scene.
The hit-and-run vehicle, believed to be a 1974-76 model yellow Beetle with a black convertible top, probably sustained damage to the driver's side fender area, police said.
Gerta Zelman had offered $10,000 of her own money earlier today for information leading to the driver who struck her son, a day after the Los Angeles City Council posted a $25,000 reward.

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