The Santa Monica Police Department has arrested Eugene Morris Cohen, of Sherman Oaks, in connection with thedeath a woman in a Santa Monica crosswalk last year.

On March 22 at about 1 a.m., a traffic collision occurred in the 1600 block of Ocean Avenue. Two female pedestrians crossing the street were struck by an Infiniti G35. The vehicle involved in the collision fled the scene and one of the victims later died of her injuries.

SMPD traffic investigators developed leads from traces of evidence left at the scene and were able to identify Cohen as the suspect.

On Jan. 16, the findings of the investigation were presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for review. A criminal complaint was filed and an arrest warrant was issued.

On Jan. 22, SMPD investigators located Cohen at his residence where he was arrested, transported to the Santa Monica Jail and booked on charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run. Cohen is also suspected of attempting to destroy and depose of evidence from within his vehicle.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Jason Olson of the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Division at (310) 458-8954 or via email at jason.olson@smgov.net.

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