The Santa Monica Daily Press reports that on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges against Nicholas Ralph Sloan of Culver City for his role in a DUI hit-and-run case that left a pedestrian dead.
According to the statement released by the City of Santa Monica, on Monday, August 2, 2021, at approximately 1:05 a.m., officers with the Santa Monica Police Department responded to the scene of a felony hit-and-run crash in the 3100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. Officers found the male victim at the scene.
Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene, and the victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. After efforts to save the man’s life, doctors pronounced him dead a short time later.
Just before the crash, Sloan had been asked by Busby’s Restaurant and Bar staff, located at 3100 Santa Monica Boulevard, to leave the establishment. Sloan, angered, got into his Porsche Panamera and took off.
Investigators with the Santa Monica Police Department and the California Highway Patrol believe that Sloan intentionally struck the victim with his car based on eyewitness accounts of the incident and evidence collected at the scene.
Sloan was initially booked on the charge of DUI at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. He was later taken into custody by detectives from the Santa Monica Police Department. In addition to DUI charges, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has upgraded the charges against Sloan to murder, DUI, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Sloan’s bail has been set at $2 million.