Santa Monica hit-run suspect held on $10M bail amid terror questions

DEL AIRE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) –Bail was set at $10 million for a suspect accused of mowing down a man in a Santa Monica parking lot after officials expressed concerns the incident could have been an act of terrorism.

Absadi Tewelde Kidane, 21, is accused of speeding through the parking lot of the Santa Monica courthouse and running over a pedestrian at a parking meter.

He then allegedly sped out of the parking lot, struck another car and fled on foot before he was arrested. In addition to felony hit and run and homicide, he was also booked for driving under the influence.

The pedestrian who was killed, Donald Thomas of Hawthorne, 40, was described as a churchgoing father of three.

At a court hearing, prosecutors and the judge discussed the possibility that the incident was an act of terrorism.

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