Hit-and-run leaves man critical

A hit-and-run on Mulholland Drive left a 23-year-old Calabasas man hospitalized in serious condition. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of June 23.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was walking on Mulholland Drive near Viewpoint School around 3 a.m. when he was hit by a car. The driver left the scene without offering assistance or calling emergency services, police said. Investigators have no suspects.

Detective David Huelsen of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said the victim’s condition has improved since the accident.

“He’s got very, very serious injuries; however, he’s expected to survive,” Huelsen said. “But he has serious injuries that will have lifelong consequences. (He’s) broken several vertebrae, I think, legs and ribs, things like that.”

Huelsen said another driver called 911 after finding the victim in the street. The detective said he believes the call was made within 10 minutes of the accident.

The victim was walking home from a friend’s house— and reportedly was not wearing reflective clothing or safety lights. Emergency responders took him to the trauma unit at Northridge Hospital.

Huelsen asks anyone with information to contact the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station.

“When I’m able to talk to (the victim), when he’s well enough for me to talk to him, maybe he’ll provide some information,” Huelsen said. “But other than that, we’re just hoping the public gives us some tips. Maybe somebody knows something or we end up getting fortunate with some video along the area.”