2 Women Seriously Injured in Glendale Hit-and-Run

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Police on Friday were searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck two women on a street in Glendale several blocks north of the Glendale Galleria, authorities said.


Two women struck by hit-and-run driver in Glendale. (KTLA News)

The victims, ages 69 and 74, were in a crosswalk at the intersection of Central Avenue and California Avenue at 8:05 p.m. Thursday when they were struck by a vehicle that drove through a red light, police said. The driver then fled southbound on Central Avenue.

The women were transported to L.A. County-USC Medical Center, said Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department.

Serpouhi Gharapetian, 74, was in grave condition and the 69-year-old Bekzad Shahbazian was in serious condition. Their names were released by Glendale police on Friday afternoon.

Investigators were seeking to obtain possible surveillance video from buildings in the area.

Police were searching for a light-gray or white four-door compact or mid-size car. The make and model of the vehicle was unknown. No description of the driver or the license plate was available.

The driver faces a minimum of two counts of felony hit-and-run, charges that may escalate pending the condition of the victims, authorities said.

The incident came a day after another hit-and-run in Glendale injured 75-year-old, Leleh Issakhanian,  who was exiting her parked car, leaving her in critical condition, according to police. The collision in the 1100 block of Western Avenue involved a white utility van.

Police initially gave the ages of the victims in the Friday incident as 73 and 59.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents was asked to contact the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-4911.