Anonymous Tip Leads to Arrest of Driver in Fatal Venice Hit-and-Run

The woman stopped after hitting the man but fled the scene a minute later

An anonymous tip sent via the Internet led to the arrest of the woman who allegedly fatally struck a man with her car in Venice Friday morning and fled the scene.

Kara Kiehle, 33, of Venice, was arrested at her home about 3:20 p.m. Friday and booked on charges of felony hit-and-run, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Inmate Information Center. She is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Earlier that morning, about midnight, Kiehle allegedly hit a 33-year-old man as he was crossing Lincoln Boulevard near Venice Boulevard, killing him instantly, police said.

The man was walking in a marked crosswalk, but he went against the walk signal, said Los Angeles Police Detective B. Johnson of the West Traffic Division.

The driver stopped for a moment after striking him but fled a moment later, police said.

A witness who was driving on the opposite side of the road said he saw a man carrying clothes run near the intersection just before being hit. Clothes flew into the air as the car struck the man, the witness said.

Earlier reports suggested the man may have been a transient, but police found a Santa Monica address for the man and were trying to contact his family.

Details about the information in the tip that led to her arrest were not available.

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