Nearly three weeks after a 70-year-old East Hollywood woman was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver, Los Angeles police have released surveillance video of the crash, and $50,000 reward is being offered in the case.
Gabriela Futsi was on her way, using her walker to cross Fountain Avenue in an unmarked but legal crosswalk near Kenmore Avenue, when she was struck about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
A neighbor came to her aid, and she was taken to a hospital, where she died.
On Thursday, police and city officials stood with Futsi’s only child to ask for the public’s help solving the case.
“Seeing her in agony, in the hospital, awake, struggling for her life, is something I’ll never forget,” daughter Isabelle Futsi said. “Please, have the bravery to come forward with some information.”
City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell addressed Futsi's killer.
“I ask you: How can you really live with yourself, knowing that by coming forward, you could give the family just a little bit of peace of mind. They are waiting for you; they need you,” O’Farrell said.
Surveillance cameras from a nearby home recorded video of the vehicle that fled. Police said it was unique: a two-tone, four-door passenger vehicle that was dark on top and light on the bottom. It may have front-end damage.
The car didn’t slow down after striking Futsi, who was nearly across the road, the video shows.
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jose De Leon, Central Traffic Division, at 213-833-3713.
A GoFundMe page was set up by a friend to benefit the victim’s daughter and help her pay medical and burial expenses. The fund had brought in more than $14,000 of its $20,000 goal as of midday Thursday.