A 35-year-old man was hospitalized in guarded condition this morning after he was struck in North Hollywood by a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene in a stolen car, but was followed by another driver who managed to record the license number, a police sergeant said.
The incident at Vineland Avenue and Lankershim Boulevard was reported at 1:27 a.m., said Sgt. Ernie Fischer of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division.
The 35-year-old man was in the street "under the influence of a controlled substance," with vehicles swerving to avoid him, Fischer said. But a white 2011 Toyota Corolla struck the man and then kept going, he said.
Another vehicle followed that car and the driver was able to record the license plate number, which came back as a stolen vehicle when police checked it, Fischer said.
The victim was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in guarded condition, he said.
The stolen vehicle was a white, 2011 Toyota Corolla, license plate 6RTX921, Fischer said.
Anyone with information on this incident or the whereabouts of the stolen car was asked to call the LAPD's North Hollywood Division at (818) 623- 4016. All tips can be made anonymously.
--City News Service