A good Samaritan who tried to come to the aid of a woman being beaten on a Hawthorne street was seriously injured when her assailant ran him over with his car, police said Monday.
The good Samaritan, who was not identified, was initially reported in critical condition, but has recovered enough to be sent home from the hospital.
"He got run over and took a bunch of stitches to the back of the head and some broken ribs," Hawthorne police Lt. Scott Swain said.
Police do not know the assailant's identity or that of the woman who was attacked.
The crime occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday in the 13600 block of Hindry Avenue as the Beverly Hills man and a friend were waiting for another friend to arrive.
Swain said they heard noise coming from a nearby parked car, looked over and saw a couple get out of a green Ford Crown Victoria. The man was pulling on and assaulting the woman, Swain said.
The good Samaritan walked over to see if she needed help or the police, but the woman immediately turned on him, telling him to leave them alone. She and the man cursed at the bystander trying to help and got into their car to leave.
"As the victim walked back toward his car, the suspects whom were now driving away, veered toward the male as if attempting to run him over, but missed," Swain said. "The suspect vehicle immediately effected a U-turn and made a second pass towards the victim, striking him and launching him onto their windshield. "
The victim was carried for about 150 feet before he slid forward off the car and was run over. He suffered major head and upper body trauma, and was lucky to be alive, police said.
The Crown Victoria fled east on 135th Street toward Inglewood Avenue. It had fresh body and windshield damage, Swain said.
The man was described as black, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 to 160 pounds. He wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans. The woman was described as black, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 120 to 130 pounds. She wore a gray sweater and pink leggings.
Police said they need anyone with a home surveillance system in the area to contact investigators. Officers asked anyone with information to call Detective The Vu at 310-349-2844.