Sasha Markgraf, a drag performer who also sings at the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles was the victim of an alleged hit and run incident outside of Flaming Saddles in West Hollywood. He says he believes he was the victim of an intentional attack.
Markgraf, who is also a costume designer, says he left the bar with his friends. He was wearing high heels while crossing Larrabee Street after 2 a.m., when he was struck by a car. The driver took off and Markgraf was rushed to the hospital with major damage to his shoulder and arm. He suspects the driver may have intentionally hit him.
“The driver swerved and the next thing I knew I saw headlights,” Markgraf told CBS2/KCAL9 news. “I saw headlights and the next thing I knew I was hitting a tree that was next to me. And waking up 10 minutes later.”
The hit and run was caught on video surveillance, where disturbing footage shows Margraf being hit and the car continues driving away from the scene.
“My bone was broken straight through on this side, the right side. And I had many tendons that were damaged and I have no function of my right hand at all,” he says. “It’s sad to say but I think he was coming straight for us. He didn’t have to go right. He didn’t have to veer to the right,” Markgraf says. “He could have kept going straight and he veered to the right.”
The car was a silver Honda Civic If you have any information about this accident or the driver, you’re asked to call Markgraf’s attorney — Craig Charles (424) 343-0660.
Markgraf has sustained injuries that could take a year of recovery time before his hand works again.
“A person who works in fashion and design and being dominantly right-handed this has put a damper on my career and my future for right now,” Markgraf says.
A GoFundMe has been established to help him with expenses click here.