PALMDALE — Palmdale Sheriff’s Station traffic investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision between a dark green 1997 Honda Civic and a motorcyclist that killed a 37-year-old man early Saturday morning.
The collision occurred at approximately 12:36 a.m., Saturday on Rancho Vista Boulevard and 15th Street West. Preliminary information shows the victim, identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office as Michael Davis, of Palmdale, who was driving southbound on 15th Street West through a green light at Rancho Vista Boulevard, when the Honda, which was traveling westbound on Rancho Vista Boulevard, ran the red light at the intersection and collided with the motorcycle.
Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.
Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer posted a picture of the wrecked Honda and of Davis on his Facebook page.
“The kid was a good friend of my daughter’s,” Hofbauer said. “He was the kind of kid that would give you the shirt off his back. If he saw somebody was in a jam or something like this he’d always go offer to help or something like that. He was just that kind of a guy.”
Investigators contacted family members of the vehicle’s registered owner. They are trying to contact the registered owner to see what his involvement is with the incident.
“We have not been able to interview him and determine if he was in fact the driver,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Det. Quemuel said.
Witnesses reported the Honda ran two red lights on Rancho Vista Boulevard. It collided with Davis at the second red light.
The Honda then continued westbound on Rancho Vista Boulevard for about another quarter-mile, when the vehicle became disabled. The driver exited the vehicle and fled westbound on Rancho Vista Boulevard.
A search of the area was conducted but was unsuccessful.
Anyone with information on the vehicle or the collision can contact Quemuel directly at 661-272-2596.