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Hit-and-run driver uses bus to flee accident, police say

March 6, 2011 | 11:20 am

A hit-and-run driver boarded a Metro bus Sunday morning to flee the scene of a downtown Los Angeles collision, authorities said.

The suspect was traveling west on 7th Street about 5:30 a.m. when his vehicle collided with a black Toyota Prius headed south on Alvarado Street, Los Angeles police Sgt. Gregory Hoyte said. One of the drivers had run a red light, but it was not known which one.

The suspect exited his vehicle, a Hyundai, but did not approach the other vehicle and was seen boarding a nearby Metro bus, Hoyte said.

“It’s odd but it has happened in the past,” Hoyte said of the suspect’s getaway. “People generally flee whatever way they can.” It was not known where the bus was headed.

The driver of the Prius and its two passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital, Hoyte said. All three were in stable condition.

The Hyundai was impounded for evidence and detectives with the Central Traffic Division were investigating the incident.

-- Corina Knoll