The attorney for a drag performer and member of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles says his client was a victim of what appears to be an intentional hit & run after leaving popular night spot Flaming Saddles in WeHo two weeks ago.
Speaking with the Los Angeles Blade Friday, West Hollywood-based attorney Craig Charles, who is representing the victim, Sasha Markgraf said that video from the traffic camera that caught the September 24 incident is grainy and of mediocre quality, however, it shows that the suspect vehicle appeared to intentionally swerve hitting his client and then fleeing.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department which is investigating the incident, Markgraf was in a group of people who were attempting to cross Larrabee Street after 2 a.m. when the unknown suspect accelerated rapidly scattering the group and striking him.
Charles said that he has filed requests to review more traffic cams including those in the City of Beverly Hills with the hopes that the suspect vehicle, described as a late model silver Honda Civic, traveled westward along Santa Monica Blvd. And can be further identified or at least a partial licence plate may be obtained.
In an interview with CBS2Los Angeles/KCAL9 Wednesday, Margraf told reporter Crystal Cruz “The driver swerved and the next thing I knew I saw headlights,” said Markgraf. “I saw headlights and the next thing I knew I was hitting a tree that was next to me. And waking up 10 minutes later.”
Margraf also noted to CBS2LA “My bone was broken straight through on this side, the right side. And I had many tendons that were damaged and I have no function of my right hand at all.”
Charles told the LA Blade that the injuries to his client will severely impact his ability to earn an income in his chosen field of Fashion Design. It could take a year, maybe even longer of recovery before his hand works again and then there may be limitations.
“A person who works in fashion and design and being dominantly right-handed this has put a damper on my career and my future for right now,” Markgraf told CBS2LA.
Charles said that a GoFundMe page to help defray his client’s medical expenses has been set up and he is asking that anyone who may have knowledge of the accident please contact him at (424) 343-0660.