Pasadena Hit and Run Victim’s Condition Improves, Police Allege Driver Likely DUI

Published : Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 5:43 AM

The condition of the critically injured victim of a hit and run hit collision last Saturday near a busy shopping center is improving, police said, while their investigation indicates the suspected driver may have been under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana at the time of the incident.

The victim, a 42-year-old Pasadena man, was crossing Orange Grove Blvd. from north to south on a bicycle in a marked crosswalk at Manzanita Avenue near the Pasadena Vallarta Market when he was struck by a car driving eastbound about 12:28 p.m.

The driver didn’t stop and fled the scene.

A number of shoppers heard the collision and the man’s cries.

One witness was able to obtain the suspect vehicle’s license plate number as the car left the scene, according to authorities.

The collision was also captured on a camera within the Vallarta Market complex.

Lt. Max Dahlstein said the car was traced to Los Angeles and to a suspect known to be associated with a number of addresses along Marengo Avenue in Pasadena.

Officers went by foot to the Pasadena addresses and ultimately located the car with its smashed windshield. The suspect was found inside a nearby apartment, where he was arrested.

Shemiah Marketh Chandler, 41, of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run. Chandler was later released on $50,000 bond.

Shoppers and neighbors on social media agreed that the crosswalk is dangerous and a number of near misses have occurred there.

“There is a strong probability the suspect had alcohol and/or drugs in his system and further tests will confirm if this was a contributing factor,” said City spokesperson Lisa Derderian. “This more than likely would have impaired his driving regardless of any preventive measures in place.”

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