On Aug. 9 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of the beach boardwalk regarding a hit-and-run investigation.
Officers spoke with the victim and discovered the suspect had fled the scene. The victim said he was standing next to the parking booth talking to the attendant about parking fees when he saw a vehicle coming towards him at a high rate of speed.
He could not move out of the way in time and was struck from behind, causing him to flip backwards in the air and land on the asphalt. He looked up and saw the vehicle driving away. The collision was witnessed by the parking attendant and City of Santa Monica beach maintenance personnel.
The registration of the vehicle showed an address in Santa Monica. Officers conducted follow-up at the suspect’s address, but he refused to come out to talk to officers.
While impounding his vehicle for investigation, the suspect approached officers while being verbally abusive and yelling obscenities towards them. After being identified by the parking attendant, the suspect was placed under arrest for felony hit and run.
Kenneth Paul Snyder, 61, of Santa Monica, was arrested for felony hit and run. Bail was set at $50,000.
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