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News Release

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Media Relations

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Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division (CTD) detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating anyone who may have witnessed a severe traffic collision in which a woman has been fatally injured in the Westlake area.

On Saturday, August 6, 2011, around 6 a.m., 49-year-old Los Angeles resident Demetria Divas  was walking across Temple Street in a marked crosswalk at Benton Way when she was struck by a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero that was being driven by 58-year-old Lucrecia Landingin of Los Angeles. The vehicle was making a left turn when the collision occurred.  Landingin left the scene of the collision but later turned herself in to the LAPD.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel rushed Divas to a local hospital where she died a short time later.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective M. Kaden at 213-972-1837 or the CTD watch commander at 213-972-1853.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.