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News Release

Friday, May 8, 2009

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16-Year-Old Hit and Run Victim in Coma NR09226rh

Los Angeles:  A teenager was hit on Thursday night when he was riding his bicycle inside a marked crosswalk.

On May 8, 2009, at around 9:00 p.m., 18-year-old Diana Williams was driving a 1992 Plymouth Breeze southbound on Compton Avenue towards 104th Street when she hit the bicyclist who was eastbound on Compton Avenue.  Ms. Williams left the scene without identifying herself or rendering aid as required by law and abandoned her vehicle.

A witness was able to describe the driver as a female Black with two female passengers.  Approximately two hours later, officers at the scene received information concerning the location of the two passengers and possibly the driver.  The officers conducted a follow-up to the location and were able to identify the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle.  

Williams was arrested for felony hit-and-run and is being held on $50,000 dollars bail.

The victim was transported to UCLA Medical Center and is listed in extremely critical condition from head trauma.  

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact South Traffic Detectives at 323-290-6067.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text “Crimes” with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.”  Tipsters may remain anonymous.