Friends Remember Woman, 56, Fatally Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver in South L.A.

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As an investigation continued into a South L.A. collision that left a 56-year-old pedestrian dead, her friends on Saturday remembered her as a good person and asked the hit-and-run driver to come forward.

A makeshift memorial is scene near the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in South Los Angeles. (Credit: KTLA)

A makeshift memorial is scene near the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in South Los Angeles. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident occurred about 9:45 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and 63rd Street (map), in the neighborhood of Hyde Park, where a woman was struck by a car that did not stop, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Friends said the victim was Diane Dupree Phillips, a grandmother who was always offering to help others.

"She was a good woman. She was real good. She was nice to people," said Neata Faure, who grew up with Phillips. "To run somebody over like that, like a dog … that's cold. That's real cold."

Police detectives said the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk when she was hit. They were reviewing surveillance video from a laundromat near the scene of the collision.

The vehicle that struck Phillips is said to be a dark black or blue four-door with blue and yellow paper plates. A description of the driver was not immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD.