An Australian man who served 12 years in prison on a wrongful conviction was fatally struck in Los Angeles in a hit-and-run crash, officials said.
The deadly crash involving 56-year-old Andrew Mallard occurred Thursday moments after he made a purchase at Consumers Liquor Store in Hollywood, news station KABC reported.
Police said the unidentified suspect fatally struck Mallard as he crossed the street — then continued to flee east on Sunset Boulevard without calling 911.
“The guy went flying up in the sky,” witness Victor Rodriguez told KABC.
Mallard’s death came more than a decade after he was exonerated in the 1994 murder of jewelry shop owner Pamela Lawrence in Perth. He received a $3.25 million ex gratia payment for his wrongful conviction.
His case was detailed in the documentary “Saving Andrew Mallard” and he was released in 2006, according to KABC.
A review of the cold case later implicated a previous offender, Simon Rochford, who was convicted in the murder of his girlfriend, the Sydney Herald reported.
Friends said Mallard was trying to start a new life with his fiancée in Los Angeles when he was killed.
The LAPD is offering up to $25,000 for information that could lead to the driver’s arrest.
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