Woman, 78, Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

October 7, 2009


On October 7, 2009, at around 3 p.m., 54-year-old Rochelle Gilmore, a resident of Gardena turned herself in to Los Angeles Police Department, 77th police station.  She is being charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.  Gilmore is being held on $50,000 bail.  The victim Ye Sook Lee is of Korean descent.

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is searching for the driver of a vehicle who struck and killed a 78-year-old woman this morning as she walked across the street in South Los Angeles.

Ye Sook Lee of Los Angeles was struck around 6:00 a.m. and pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver did not stop as required by law.  LAPD South Traffic Detective Rodney Jones said the victim was walking east across the street on Western Avenue, when a car travelling north on Western Avenue near 79th Street fatally hit her and drove off.

Police are looking for a blue/purple florescent colored vehicle.  There is no other description at this time.  

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact LAPD South Traffic Division Detective Jones at 323-290-6063.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247) or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message with the letters LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website: www.lapdonline.org.  All tips may remain anonymous.