This is why you always look both ways when you’re crossing the street even if you have the right of way. A Van Nuys woman who was on her way to Bible study instead landed in the hospital after a hit-and-run driver plowed into her as she walked across a busy roadway.
At around 7:00 pm on March 22, Penny Casbon was hurrying to church; the next thing she knew, she was waking up in an ambulance with little to no memory of what had happened to her.
Surveillance footage filled in the details: as Casbon made her way across Vanowen Street along the pedestrian crossing, a white van barreled right into her, carrying her on the hood for several yards before sending her plummeting to the street. The driver then sped away, not even stopping to check on his victim.
Two weeks later, Casbon remains hospitalized with a slew of painful injuries, including a broken hip joint, a fractured neck and back, and severe bruising.
Police are releasing the shocking footage to hopefully bring the owner of the vehicle – which is likely a Dodge Caravan with fresh front-end damage – to justice. The LAPD is offering a $5,000 reward for the information leading to an arrest.
Witnesses claim that the driver was a Hispanic man in his late 40s to early 50s sporting facial hair and standing around 5-foot-6.