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News Release

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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Pedestrian Hit by Truck Sought

Los Angeles: Valley Traffic detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying a pedestrian, who walked away from the scene of a traffic accident in North Hollywood.

On July 22, 2008 at about 4:00 p.m., 21-year-old Mirna Payes-Gonzalez and an unidentified female pedestrian were crossing northbound Beck Avenue on Victory Boulevard in a crosswalk. Willie Lee Graham, a 45-year-old resident of North Hollywood, was driving north on Beck in his 2008, Chevy Silverado, pickup truck and turned west onto Victory when he hit Gonzalez and the unknown pedestrian.

Gonzalez suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local area hospital. She was listed in critical condition.

The unidentified woman stood up after being hit and said she wasn't hurt, according to witnesses at the scene. She said she didn't know Gonzalez and left the scene without identifying herself.

Graham, the driver, stopped and attempted to aid the two pedestrians. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Valley Traffic Division Officer Daniel Menesez at 818-644-8020. After hours and on weekends, please call the Valley Traffic Division, Watch Commander's Desk at 818-644-8000 of the 24-hour Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).