Palisadians Provide Clues to Homicide Detective in Pregerson Hit-and-Run

On Tuesday afternoon, West Bureau Homicide Detective John Skaggs told the Palisadian-Post, “”In the last 24 hours, I’ve gotten four or five clues” about the December hit-and-run that killed Palisadian David Pregerson.

The information came in response to the release of LAPD’s description of the vehicle suspected in the case, which the Post sent to the more than 3,700 subscribers of its Breaking News Email Alerts. The vehicle is described as a 1990 to 1992 Volvo 740 Series Wagon with damage to the left front.

Since March 26 when (left to right) Sharon and Dean Pregerson and Councilmember Mike Bonin announced a $100,000 reward at a City Council meeting, police have intensified their efforts in the search for the suspect who struck and killed David Pregerson. Photo: David Graham-Caso
Since March 26 when (left to right) Sharon and Dean Pregerson and Councilmember Mike Bonin announced a $100,000 reward at a City Council meeting, police have intensified their efforts in the search for the suspect who struck and killed David Pregerson.
Photo: David Graham-Caso

In an interview with the Post, Skaggs also revealed that he had requested DMV records for 90272 and expected to have a list of Volvos registered in the area by Wednesday.

Skaggs also cleared up a misconception about the case. He said that the person who moved Pregerson out of the street and into the bushes was not the driver of the vehicle that struck the 23-year-old.

According to Skaggs, the individual who moved Pregerson out of the roadway was adamant that he didn’t realize he was injured.

Skaggs also said that Pregerson was at a friend’s house just prior to the accident. Pregerson had left the Shore Bar on West Channel Road to attend a house party and was presumably on his way home when he was run down.

Suspect’s vehicle is similar to this one. Photo courtesy of LAPD
Suspect’s vehicle is similar to this one.
Photo courtesy of LAPD

According to Skaggs, witnesses said Pregerson didn’t seem severely intoxicated before leaving the party.

The Los Angeles City Council and Pregerson’s family have offered a combined $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect involved in this crime.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Skaggs at (213) 382-9470.

—Additional reporting by Jared Morgan