Lobo co-creator, Roger Slifer, appears to have been the victim of a hit-and-run driver. Writer Flint Dille has posted (via Jim Salicrup);
Okay, here's what I know. We had originally thought of keeping this quiet, because Roger is a fairly private guy, but as word is out and time might be of the essence if we're going to find the hit-and-run driver, I'll post what I know.
Roger is in Ronald Reagan Hospital at UCLA (I have not been in to see him, but his friends Will and Barry have). He is in intensive care. The nurse on duty could only tell me that he was in critical condition with a brain injury. Will and Barry said that he was unresponsive, but was heavily medicated since they had to do some brain surgery. I think the truth is that nobody knows what will happen. Prayers would be a good thing.
On the criminal front, it would be a very good thing to find the driver, not only for reasons of justice, but also insurance. We have no idea what Roger Slifer's insurance situation is, but we suspect that it would be extremely helpful for medical bills.
The problem at the moment is that the Santa Monica Police do not seem to be making as much progress as they should. Some phone calls might be helpful. I'll put everything I know in the next entry.
Flint then posted:
Everything here has been related to me by Roger's friends Barry and Will. My apologies if I've gotten anything wrong. I'll update.
There is a Social Worker involved. Her name is Darlene Read (sp?) (310) 262=9752. She was the one who first contacted Roger's friends Barry and Will after going through Roger's phone (Roger apparently has been unconscious since he was hit). She claimed that there was a description of the car, but nobody now has reiterated that. Will called her a few times but she seems to have a lot of meetings.
Will and Barry chased down the cameras around the accident sight. The mall and other locations seemed to be willing to turn over the video to the police, but who knows how long they keep the video?
They were given the names of two police officers. Investigator Jason Olson (310) 458-2201. The other one's name is Chris Dason (?), who apparently is out of town for a month. His number is 310 458-8954.
Investigator Olson has not returned Will's call.
Will and Barry put flyers on the corners near where the accident happened, but returned to find that they had all been taken down. While they were putting up new ones, some fellow named Elliot rolled up on a Segway. he claimed to be from the Santa Monica Business Development Organization and that putting up hit and run flyers was against the law and that he would take them down. Apparently, the woman who is runs this organization is Paulita Elliot. Her number is 310 458-6249.
Meanwhile, a friend tried to get into Rogers apartment to see if he had any medicines, etc. or if he could find out who his doctor was, but the manager said he would not open the apartment unless the police came. He also wanted to know where the rent was.
That's what I know now.
Flint followed up with:
I posted the phone numbers because I think that it is probably important that they receive a lot of calls. Roger is an important guy in comics and animation world. We want this to be as high profile as possible.
It probably wouldn't be a bad thing to blog this.
Update: Will spoke to Paulita Elliot and she is willing to let the flyers up until next week.