Authorities hope newly released surveillance video showing an 85-year-old woman being run down in a Southern California McDonald’s parking lot will help catch a hit-and-run driver and passenger that fled the scene.
The video released Tuesday and recorded at the fast food restaurant in the 16000 block of Beach Boulevard of Huntington Beach shows the petite woman attempting to walk across the parking lot on April 22 at 1:34 p.m.
Walking with a hunch, she makes her way from an exit door to a row of parked cars. At that same time, the driver of a gray Dodge Challenger backs into her, somewhat throwing her a few feet across the pavement. Another person, who is seen walking behind the woman, rushes to her aid.
A female passenger in the car jumps out and appears to check on the status of the woman, who is laying on the pavement. The victim's husband, who was holding a cane, appears to urge the male driver to also get out of the car.
The driver gets out of the car, looks on at the woman at the ground before he and the passenger get back in the car and leave the scene. The car was last seen heading northbound on Beach Boulevard, officials from the Huntington Beach Police Department said.
The 85-year-old suffered head injuries as a result of the crash, officials from the HBPD said.
She was treated at a hospital and later released. The victim, who speaks mostly Korean, declined to be interviewed, but told NBC4 she is doing OK.
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The driver is described as a “white/Asian” in his mid 20s with short dark hair, 6 feet tall with a medium build. The passenger is described as a “white/Asian” in her early 20s with long dark hair, about 5 feet 5 inches feet tall, also with a medium build.
The vehicle is described as a newer charcoal gray Dodge challenger with no front license plate and a chrome gas cap and chrome rims.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to call 714-536-5670.