70-Year-Old Nun in Critical Condition After Hit-and-Run Crash Next to Her Boyle Heights Church

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A 70-year-old nun was left in critical condition by a hit-and-run driver who struck her at a Boyle Heights intersection next to her church, Los Angeles police said Thursday.

Church of Assumption in Boyle Heights is shown. (Credit: Google Maps)

Church of Assumption in Boyle Heights is shown. (Credit: Google Maps)

The collision occurred at 5:20 p.m. Sunday at Winter Street and North Evergreen Avenue, leaving Sister Raquel Diaz of the neighboring Church of Assumption severely injured.

A vehicle traveling southbound on Evergreen hit Diaz and continued southbound, not stopping to help the nun, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

The vehicle that struck her was described only as a black truck. No description of the driver was available, police said.

Cameras in the area that could have recorded the crash were not working, and no video or photos were available, according to LAPD Officer Robert Cortez, who on Thursday said Diaz was doing poorly.

Police said Diaz is the director of religious education at Church of Assumption, located on Blanchard Street next to the site where she was struck. She has been a nun for more than 50 years, according to the LAPD release.

The church has an affiliated elementary school affiliated that is also next to the crash site.

Under a city program approved this year, a reward of up to $25,000 is available for information leading the driver’s conviction, LAPD stated.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Central Traffic Division detectives at 213-833-3713, Detective Padilla at 213-486-0753 or Cortez at 213-486-0766. Anonymous tipsters may call 800-222-8477, or text to 274637, beginning the message with “LAPD,” or click on "webtips" on LAPDOnline.org.

KTLA's Scott Williams contributed to this article.

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