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News Release

Friday, August 18, 2000

Media Relations

Elderly Female Dies from a Hit & Run Traffic Collision

Van Nuys: On Friday, August 18, 2000 at approximately 9:24 a.m., a dark green Saturn or Honda (possibly a 1998 model) was traveling eastbound on Van Nuys Boulevard approaching Kewen Avenue. The victim a pedestrian (described at this time as an elderly female Hispanic) was crossing Van Nuys Boulevard, northbound on Kewen Avenue. The vehicle struck the pedestrian, failing to stop and render aide. LAFD rescue ambulance responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Witnesses at the scene stated that the vehicles front windshield was "smashed." The driver of the H&R vehicle was described as a female Hispanic, long brown hair, 20-25 years old. The vehicle fled the location last seen southbound Cayuga Ave from Pierce Street.

Valley Traffic Division is conducting the investigation. Anyone having information on a vehicle and/or driver matching the description above, please contact the Valley Traffic Detectives at 818-756-8391.

This press release was prepared by Officer Marlo Lopez del Haro, Media Relations Section.