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19-Year-Old Woman Fatally Struck in Sherman Oaks Hit-and-Run; Driver Sought

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Police were searching for a driver who hit a female pedestrian in Sherman Oaks then fled the scene, leaving the young woman to die near the roadway early Sunday, authorities said.

A woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Sherman Oaks on Oct. 4, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Sherman Oaks on Oct. 4, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Around 2:20 a.m., the victim was crossing Moorpark Street near Matilija Avenue with a man when a car plowed into her, according to Sgt. Jodie McGee of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.

The force of the collision knocked the woman to the curb, he said. She was pronounced deceased a short time later by paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Her name has not yet been released. Initially, McGee described the victim as being in her 20s, but later gave her age as 19.

The man who was walking with the woman at the time was not hit, and was OK, the LAPD sergeant added.

The vehicle who fatally struck the woman fled the scene, McGee said.

LAPD Detective Bill Bustos later stated police were searching for a maroon- or red-colored sedan in connection with the incident. A description of the driver was not provided.

A $50,000 reward for information about the hit-and-run was automatically offered as part of a standing, tiered reward program approved by the L.A. City Council earlier this year.