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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Woman Killed after Driving Car Off Four-Story Parking Structure NR11184rf

Los Angeles:  An elderly woman has died after the car she was driving plunged from the fourth story of a West Los Angeles parking structure.

Yesterday at about 9:20 a.m. on Nebraska Avenue east of Pontius Avenue, 75-year-old Los Angeles resident Maris Cherry drove her 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan off of a parking structure that belonged to an athletic club.  Besides crashing on the sidewalk below, her car also hit a vehicle barrier wall and a power pole.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the incident and pronounced the driver dead at the location.  The reason Cherry plummeted to her death remains unclear.

LAPD traffic detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation.  Anyone who may have information about the incident or driver is urged to contact the LAPD West Traffic Division at 213-473-0222.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers 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 www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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