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News Release

Tuesday, April 3, 2001

Media Relations

Hit and Run Felony Suspect Wanted By Police - UPDATE

What:
Press Conference - Van Nuys Community Police Station

When:
Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at 10:00 a.m.

Where:
6240 Sylmar Avenue, in the Government Center

Who:
Valley Traffic Detective Gillett

Winnetka - On Saturday, March 31, 2001, at approximately 7:25 p.m., a 37 year-old woman and young boy were walking near the intersection of Roscoe Boulevard and Penfield Avenue when they were struck by an unidentified vehicle traveling eastbound on Roscoe Boulevard. The unknown driver of the car fled the scene and failed to stop and identify himself or provide assistance.

The female victim, later identified as Maritza Huete of Winnetka, and the young boy, were rushed to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment. Both Huete and the young boy sustained serious physical injuries. Unfortunately, Huete was pronounced dead upon her arrival to the hospital by attending physicians. The young boy underwent emergency medical treatment and surgery and is currently listed in critical condition.

The hit-and-run driver remains at large.

Detectives Gillett and Weaver from Valley Traffic Division are seeking the public's assistance in the apprehension of the suspect and the suspect's vehicle. Anyone with information or questions should contact Valley Traffic Detectives at 818-756-8391.

This press release update was prepared by Public Information Officer
La Donna Cissell, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.