SANTA MONICA – A comic book writer and television producer whose credits include the TV series ‘Transformers’ remained in critical condition today following injuries sustained when he was hit by a getaway driver in Santa Monica.
Roger Slifer was struck just before 1 a.m. Saturday at Fifth Street and Colorado Avenue, according to Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department. Lewis said Slifer was crossing Fifth Street at the North Colorado crosswalk when a motorist driving east on Colorado turned left onto Fifth, hitting Slifer.
Slifer suffered major head and body trauma, Lewis said.
The driver of the car, described only as a late 1990s to early 2000s white sedan with a sunroof and tinted rear windows, did not stop and continued north on Fifth Street until ‘on Broadway, where he turned right and continued east,’ Lewis said.
Anyone with information has been asked to call Investigator Jason Olson at 310-458-8954 or Sgt. Philbo Rubish at 310-458-8950.
Slifer, 57, produced a variety of animated and children’s programs in the 1980s and 1990s, including “Transformers,” “My Little Pony Tales” and “Jem.” He is a former writer and editor for Marvel Comics and DC Comics.