Burbank police are investigating a hit-and-run accident that happened Tuesday morning about 7:00 a.m.
The accident took place at the intersection of 79th Street and Austin Avenue when an unidentified vehicle slammed into the rear of a 2005 Chevy Aveo and then fled the scene. Police say they have no description of the offending vehicle.
The Aveo was eastbound on 79th Street and slowed to make a right turn onto Austin Avenue when the collision occurred. The force of the impact propelled the Aveo onto the parkway where it toppled a traffic signal before coming to rest against a tree.
The driver of the Aveo, a Burbank resident who wished to be identified only as Eddie, was on his way home from work and alone in the car when the accident happened.
“The window shattered in my face. I was pinned up against the tree so I had to climb over and get out the passenger side,” Eddie said. “As soon as I got hit, I climbed out of the car and looked and there was nothing. No car parts, there wasn’t a car left, nothing.”
According to Eddie, several drivers that witnessed the crash initially stopped but did not stay to give a statement to police. “There were at least four cars that pulled over, got out, took pictures of me and left,” Eddie said.
Eddie said several residents of a nearby apartment building came to his aid. “There were a couple of families that were very helpful. They came out and made sure I was okay and told me they had called the police.”
Police say Eddie complained of pain but refused to be transported to the hospital. Eddie said he sought medical treatment later Tuesday for injuries that he did not wish to discuss.
Eddie said his car is a complete loss, “It’s totaled. The frame is cracked, the support beams got cracked, the rear bumper is hanging on the ground, the driver’s door is smashed in all the way, and the window is shattered.”
Police reviewed surveillance cameras in the area but said the accident was not captured on video. Footage from a gas station security camera shows a gray sedan following closely behind the Aveo just moments before impact, but Eddie could not positively identify that as the car that hit him.
Anyone who witnessed this accident is asked to call the Burbank Police Department at 708-924-7300. Callers may choose to remain anonymous.