Los Angeles officials on Thursday announced a $50,000 reward in the case of an 87-year-old female pedestrian who was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver near the USC campus.
Relatives of the victim, identified as Barbara Summerfield, joined City Councilman Curren Price and LAPD officials at a news conference near the crash site.
The victim remains unable to breathe on her own -- in critical condition and on a respirator. She has a head injury and several broken bones and ribs, family members said.
The collision happened about 8 a.m. March 16 in the University Park neighborhood, where the elderly woman was walking eastbound in a crosswalk on Adams Boulevard (map), the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The male driver of a silver late-model Infiniti SUV, possibly a QX or FX model, was driving eastbound on Adams before turning northbound onto Figueroa Street. The vehicle struck Summerfield, then continued heading northbound on Figueroa, police said.
The victim was walking out of St. Vincent de Paul Church when she was hit, according to her family.
After traveling about one block north, the driver made a U-turn and drove past the victim in the southbound lanes. He then continued driving around the USC campus "at a high rate of speed" and ran a red light, the news release said.
Police said the driver may have returned to see what he hit.
Summerfield's daughter said she was unable to watch surveillance video showing the vehicle run over her mother and then speed away.
"Please, if you know anything about what happened on this corner, please come forward," Felicia Summerfield said.
New still photos were released by police at the news conference.
Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD's South Traffic Division at 323-421-2500.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also visit lapdonline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.
KTLA's Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.