Mat George's Co-Host Reveals Hit-and-Run Details, Asks Witnesses to Come Forward

Mat George's podcast co-host, Michaela Okland, has shared more details surrounding his sudden death, after he was killed in what authorities called a hit-and-run.

George, 26, was struck by a car at around 2:20 a.m. local time on Saturday as he reportedly walked on an unmarked crosswalk in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, according to a police report, per the New York Times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Announcing the news on Saturday, Okland, with whom George hosted the She Rates Dogs podcast, wrote on Twitter: "I would rather you guys [hear] this from me than a news article. Mat was killed in a hit and run last night.

"I don't really have any other words right now. I wish I could contact everybody who knows him personally but the news is already out and I just can't do it right now."

On Sunday, Okland posted an Instagram Story, in which she said that a white BMW was the focus of the ongoing police investigation.

Sharing a screenshot of her previous tweet, she wrote: "If you have any information about a white BMW going eastbound on beverly boulevard at 2:00 am Saturday morning please call," before sharing the appropriate phone numbers.

The Los Angeles Police Department statement seen by the New York Times, does mention a white BMW hitting a pedestrian and driving away.

Reiterating her shock at George's death, she added: "Mat was walking. Literally just walking. They did not stop or slow down, or attempt to call 911."

I know he’s laughing at me for having such a stupid typo in the first sentence of this

— michaela okland (@MichaelaOkla) July 18, 2021

Thank you to everybody who’s reached out, I’m really sorry but I probably won’t respond for awhile even if we are close. And thank you so much to everybody telling stories and sharing how he impacted you. Whenever you think of him in the future, please do talk about him

— michaela okland (@MichaelaOkla) July 18, 2021

Okland also said on Twitter: "Thank you to everybody who's reached out, I'm really sorry but I probably won't respond for awhile even if we are close. And thank you so much to everybody telling stories and sharing how he impacted you. Whenever you think of him in the future, please do talk about him."

In statement shared with the New York Times, Okland paid tribute to her late friend George, who, according to his LinkedIn page, graduated cum laude with degree in biology from Arizona State University.

"He loved singing along to songs he didn't know the words to, pretending to be straight to get on reality dating shows and talking in really bad accents," Okland said.

She added that George wanted to help in making members of the LGBTQ+ community feel accepted, as it was something that he wished for while growing up.

In an interview with website Shoutout Arizona, published in December 2020, George spoke about his decision to move to California after changing his career plans.

He said: "Before switching from a life that was going towards medicine to a life in entertainment there were a lot of questions going through my mind. Some questions included was it worth it? Am I sure this is what I really wanted? Could I really do this and still make enough money to support a family one day?

"After a long 2 weeks of thinking about it 24/7, I ultimately decided that I was going to make the switch. I knew it was risky but I also knew that if I didn't try I would never stop wondering what could've been. So I did it.

"I packed up my apartment and left my friends in Arizona to move to LA and start SheRatesDogs the Podcast with my best friend, Michaela Okland. With this being the biggest risk I've ever taken, I was understandably a nervous wreck. 5 months later I can honestly say that I am SO happy that I did this."

He added: "My hopes for my twitter account and SheRatesDogs the Podcast is to share my stories and make LGBTQ+ people all across the world feel like they're not alone. The most rewarding moments are when members of the LGBTQ+ community reach out to me and tell me what a difference I've made in their lives."

"SheRatesDogs" co-host Mat George
"She Rates Dogs" podcast co-host Mat George, 26, was reportedly killed in a hit-and-run in the early hours of Saturday morning. matchu_chutrain/Instagram