Comic book and animation veteran Roger Slifer was the victim of a hit and run driver on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in Los Angeles. He remains in critical condition at Ronald Reagan UCLA Hospital.
With the help of others among Slifer’s friends, writer Flint Dille began updating the comics community on Facebook. The information percolated to other sources from there.
“Friends and fans of Roger Slifer are asking police and the public for their help in tracking down the hit-and-run driver who ran down Slifer in a Santa Monica intersection, leaving him in critical condition. Police say the animation and comic book veteran was crossing 5th Street early Saturday morning when he was mowed down by a white sedan with tinted windows. The driver fled and Slifer remains hospitalized,” said Deadline. “Slifer, a member of The CPL Gang, began working for Marvel in the mid-1970s, moving to DC Comics in 1981. He later transitioned into animation, working for Sunbow Entertainment as a producer, story editor and writer on series including Jem And The Holograms, Transformers and G.I. Joe Extreme.”
Slifer is, of course, the co-creator of Lobo. Reports posted by friends on his Facebook page indicate that he is still in an induced coma, but that doctors are slowly cutting back on the medication.
The Santa Monica Mirror has the official police report on the incident.