Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Public Assistance Requested in Fatal Hit and Run

The Arcadia Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating information on the suspect and suspect vehicle who struck a motorcyclist along Foothill Boulevard in Arcadia, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, shortly before 8:00 p.m. Our thoughts and condolences remain with the victim, Kenneth Doherty, 32-years-old, of Los Angeles, and his family. Kenneth died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.

Witnesses say both the suspect vehicle and the motorcyclist had been driving erratically and at high speeds on the eastbound 210 Freeway before they both exited at Baldwin Avenue. According to witness accounts, the suspect and victim appeared to be yelling at each other, possibly engaged in an argument or road rage incident. The witness lost sight of the suspect vehicle and motorcyclist as they turned and drove east on Foothill Boulevard at a high rate of speed. A witness came upon the downed motorcyclist a short time later.

A passenger-side mirror was found at the scene, broken off from the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle appears to be a 2002 to 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer, similar to the one pictured above, but with tinted windows. Based on the unique color and parts recovered at the scene, the vehicle is most likely a 2005 or 2006 Lancer Evolution or “Evo”. Surveillance video (above) from a local business shows what appears to be the suspect vehicle approaching Santa Anita Avenue in the #2 (slow) lane of Foothill Boulevard.  The second portion of the video shows the suspect vehicle pulling away, continuing eastbound on Foothill boulevard, shortly after the collision. 

While investigators have reached out to local dealerships and online Mitsubishi communities, we believe that someone in the community may have additional information on the suspect and suspect vehicle. The Arcadia Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect driver and in locating the suspect vehicle in this tragic, fatal collision.  The photo below depicts a similar vehicle to the suspect vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5150. You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477). Please reference case #13-2136.

(Not actual suspect vehicle)

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