A car killed a pedestrian in the Civic Center parking lot yesterday afternoon.

According to the Santa Monica Police Department, several witnesses described the suspect vehicle as entering the parking lot from 4th Street and proceed westbound at a high rate of speed. The vehicle continued through a parking gate and struck a pedestrian standing at a pay parking booth in the lot. The vehicle continued across Main Street and struck a parked vehicle. The suspect driver exited the vehicle and fled the location. Officers gave chase and confronted the suspect at the 300 block of Pico Blvd. The suspect was taken into custody following a struggle with officers. The suspect has been identified as Absadi Kidane, a 21-year old male.

Officers discovered the victim on Main Street and was unresponsive with critical injuries. The victim was treated at the scene by Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics for his injuries. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, the victim succumbed to his injuries.

Kidane was arrested for murder, vehicular manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony driving under the influence, felony hit and run and forcibly resisting arrest. Kidane remains at SMPD Jail with a bail of $2 million. The case will be presented to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office – Airport Division for filing consideration.

The investigation is ongoing and investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who was in the area near the time of the collision. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Investigator Olson at (310) 458-8954; Sergeant J. Cortez (310) 458-8713 or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-849

  • Submitted by Lieutenant Saul Rodriguez.