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Monday, November 06, 2006

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I really went back and forth about blogging today. My friends and I witnessed such a horrible tragedy that I just didn't know that I felt like being funny or having fun with my blog today. But I've decided that this blog is such a part of me now that I just couldn't abandon it.

That said, I think I am going to take it easy for a while ... at least for today. If anything, I hope that because this blog has become so high profile that maybe the hit and run driver who is responsible for killing one person and injuring another will be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

THIS is the news report on the fatal hit and run accident that my friends and I witnessed late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. Altho the report is light on details, I'm hoping that maybe someone out there saw something later on that night or knows something about the driver:

A 22-year-old woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver Sunday while walking in Hollywood and her friend was seriously injured, police said.

The woman, who was thrown about 50 feet on impact, has not been identified. Luke Coffee, 27, was seriously injured when the pair were hit in the 6100 block of Franklin Avenue at about 1:45 a.m. The pedestrians -- both residents of Los Angeles -- were crossing Franklin Avenue northbound at Vista Del Mar Avenue when a vehicle heading east on Franklin struck both of them, said Los Angeles police Detective Greg Davis of the West Traffic Division.

The motorist, driving a dark-colored, four-door sedan, was last seen driving eastbound on Franklin Avenue, Davis said. The car is believed to be relatively new, made between 2002 and 2005, he said.

Coffee and the woman were transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where the woman died shortly after arrival. The condition of Coffee was not immediately known.

The suspect's vehicle sustained right front-end damage and was missing the right side passenger door mirror.

Anyone with any information regarding the case was asked to call the West Traffic Division at 213-473-0234.


It's a terrible long shot, but if anyone knows anything more about this driver I implore you to call the Police. The LAPD posted THIS on their site asking for more information from potential witnesses that have yet to come forward.

I am extremely happy to report that I've gotten word from friends of Luke that he is doing fairly well considering the extent of his injuries and is expected to fully recover. I've also recieved information from the woman's friends. I'm not comfortable releasing her name at this time. All of my thoughts and prayers are with the couple's family and friends.

I am planning on posting today but prolly not until later on. I have decided to remove the comments section completely. I don't know when or if I will restore the comments section. In recent weeks, it has become a breeding ground for such negativity that I just think it's best to close it down. I just couldn't handle some idiot making a horrible comment on this tragedy or about anyone involved. It makes me sick, but I've already received pretty callous messages from just yesterday's post. But overwhelmingly, I have been receiving very positive and supportive messages and I thank you all for those.

I'll be back. I promise.

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UPDATE: The LAPD updated their website -- the alleged driver was arrested: On November 5, 2006, at approximately 3:30 P.M., Hollywood Area detectives arrested 30-year-old Manuel Eric Munera on suspicion of Felony Hit and Run causing great bodily harm or death. The arrest came after Munera called Hollywood desk personnel with detailed knowledge of the accident. The car involved in the accident was impounded for investigation.

I hope it is of some consolation to the victims' family and friends that an arrest has been made.

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UPDATE 2: More information on the accident and subsequent arrest can be found in THIS news report: An alleged hit-and-run driver suspected of fatally striking a young woman and seriously injuring a man in Hollywood posted $50,000 bail Monday on a promise to appear in court later this month. Manuel Munera, 30, of Los Angeles was arrested late Sunday afternoon and booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, said Detective Greg Davis of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division. Munera is scheduled to appear at the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 28, Davis said ... Sunday afternoon, Munera called police "and said he might have hit something" with his car, Davis said. Detectives arrested him and recovered the alleged hit-and-run vehicle: a silver 2003 Toyota Corolla.

The news report also reveals the woman's name ... may she rest in peace.


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