UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect new information from the sheriff’s department. (Last updated at 3:20 p.m. on 8/7.)
Two men have been arrested in connection with a hit and run that took place early this morning, when a driver hit two people, a man and a woman, as he exited El Tovar Place at Robertson Boulevard. Both were taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital. The woman remains in critical condition. The man, whose injuries were less severe, has been released.
According to an e-mailed statement from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, deputies were called to the scene at about 2 a.m. Thursday.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that 29 year-old Hector Hernandez, a resident of Whittier, and 23 year-old Joseph Osuna from Bakersfield, were involved in a verbal altercation with two women in a private parking lot,” the statement said. “Osuna, for unknown reasons, began hitting both women with a his belt before entering a car being driven by Hernandez. As Hernandez and Osuna fled the scene, witness accounts stated another woman and another man, who were not involved in the altercation, were intentionally run over …
“The two women assaulted with the belt sustained non-life threatening injuries. Although one was treated at the scene, the other was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The two other victims who were run over were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The woman is currently listed in critical condition and the man was treated and released.”
Hernandez was arrested and booked on assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence charges. He is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail. Osuna was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail, according to the sheriff’s department.