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Maria Perez was arrested on Sunday for a hit-and-run that killed a 50-year old man in downtown Los Angeles.

The incident happened on May 7th when Perez hit and killed Byern Smith while he was walking along East 7th Street.

Surveillance video showed Perez pulled over, exited the vehicle, and then immediately drove off. Police officials released the video the week after, announcing a $50,000 reward.

An LAPD officer saw Perez’s white Scion xB, which matched the description of the suspect vehicle, along 7th Street in downtown L.A. and arrested her on Sunday evening. Perez is booked for felony hit-and-run, along with two felony warrants and three misdemeanor warrants.

According to the LAPD, her bail was set at $0, per L.A. County Emergency COVID-19 Directive.

Perez is scheduled to appear in court in August for her hit-and-run felony.

If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident, contact our experienced car accident and hit-and-run attorneys at Mesriani Law Group. With more than 25 years of successfully recovering millions of dollars in damages for our clients, our attorneys will help you every step of the way.

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Rodney Mesriani
Rodney Mesriani

Rodney Mesriani is the principal partner of the Los Angeles and Santa Monica based Mesriani Law Group. He specializes in personal injury and employment law while also being an accomplished litigator and trial attorney. Rodney is an aggressive negotiator and a well-known and respected attorney in the areas of practice he specializes in.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University Northridge before attending Southwestern School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate. While being an accomplished personal injury and employment lawyer, Rodney Mesriani has made it a point to attend numerous State Sponsored MCLE events and seminars over the years as a law practitioner to be informed of the latest laws and litigation strategies.



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