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News Release

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Media Relations

68-year-old Woman Struck and Killed by Hit & Run Driver NR12419SF

Los Angeles: Detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate and identify the driver of a mid-sized sports utility vehicle who struck and killed a woman walking across the street.

On Friday, August 31, 2012, at 5:35 a.m., a driver in a dark color medium sized sports utility vehicle travelling southbound on Western Avenue struck the victim who was walking westbound in the crosswalk from 85th street.  The driver failed to stop to render aid or identify themselves as required by law.

The victim was immediately transported to a local hospital where she died within the hour of the collision.  Her name has not been released pending notifications to her family.

Detectives from South Traffic Division are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to call Detectives Mendoza or Yount at 323-421-2500.  During weekends and off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.