KEY POINTS

  • The crash occurred in the west Los Angeles area Sunday
  • The suspect, Pedro Flores, had an argument with one of the victims
  • Police arrested Flores after a brief chase

A man in southern California was arrested Sunday after he hit two pedestrians with his car following an argument. One of the victims, who died after being struck by the vehicle, was dragged for 200 yards.

Deputies with the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a hit-and-run report in the San Vicente Boulevard area shortly after midnight. The officers said one of the victims died at the scene, while the other man was rushed to a hospital for treatment, KTLA-TV reported. His condition has improved and is expected to survive.

Authorities did not reveal the identities of the victims.

Police spotted the suspect's car just a few blocks from the crash site. The man behind the wheels, identified as Pedro Flores, 34, was taken into custody after a brief police chase, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

During the investigation, police found that Flores had an argument with one of the men prior to the crash. Investigators said all three men were transients and were living at the Federal Enclave adjacent to the Department of Veterans Administration building.

"Then, the suspect boarded his car and deliberately used his car to attack both victims, killing one of them," the department said in the release. Flores was booked on suspicion of murder and assault with deadly weapons. He is being held on a $ 2 million bail bond.

In November 2019, authorities flagged down a driver on a highway in West Virginia after he dragged a woman's body for miles. It was believed that the victim was fatally struck by another car and the driver unknowingly dragged her body for five miles through  Interstate- 70 in Washington Avenue. Another driver who was driving next to the vehicle spotted the body and alerted the police.

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