A muralist demands justice from his hospital bed after being hit by a car in South Los Angeles

By Jaysha Patel

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KABC) — Shakir Manners, also known as Shak, is a muralist.

Her passion and focus revolves around art and painting in different communities.

Last week, Manners said he was on his way to complete a mural in South Los Angeles.

He said he was on Van Ness Avenue and West 67th Street when he was hit by a driver in a brown SUV while riding his Super73 bicycle.

“As I’m falling forward, the SUV rolls over my bike and my legs,” Manners recalled. “I bang my head on the pavement, I get dragged around a bit, and while I’m being dragged around, I see pedestrians saying to the car, ‘Yo, stop! You hit somebody!’ Shakir Manners, also known as Shak, is a muralist.

Her passion and focus revolves around art and painting in different communities.

Last week, Manners said he was on his way to complete a mural in South Los Angeles.

He said he was on Van Ness Avenue and West 67th Street when he was hit by a driver in a brown SUV while riding his Super73 bicycle.

“As I’m falling forward, the SUV rolls over my bike and my legs,” Manners recalled. “I bang my head on the curb, get dragged around a bit, and while I’m being dragged around, I see pedestrians saying to the car, ‘Yo, stop! You hit somebody!’

Manners’ clothes were still at the scene of the crash nearly a week later.

“Everyone helped me to the side of the road, and when I was on the side of the road, I looked closer at my leg and saw that my bone was sticking out somehow. sort of my current leg,” he said.

Police said the driver was female and pulled over to help Manners, but then took off and never identified herself.

South Traffic Division detectives are still investigating and trying to find her.

Manners said he was discharged from hospital on Tuesday and a fellow artist completed the mural he was working on for him.

He said he wouldn’t be able to paint again for six to eight weeks.

His bike was destroyed, but his friend created a GoFundMe to raise money to buy him a new one.

Manners said other cyclists have rallied behind him and bike company Super73 has even reached out to help.

“I’m grateful to be alive,” he said. “I’ll walk again, dance again and paint again, you know. Just give me a few months. I think everything will be fine.

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