Woman Fatally Struck by Car in Hit-and-Run While Walking to Store in Watts

A woman was fatally struck by a car early Sunday in Watts as she was walking to a store and the vehicle fled the scene, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The victim was crossing the street at Imperial Highway and Success Avenue when she was hit by the car.

"Witnesses observed the vehicle basically make a U-turn after they struck her," Jonathan Tom, commanding officer of LAPD's South Traffic Division, told KTLA. "The woman is 60-years-old."

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sabrina Williams, 60, is seen in a photo provided by her family. She was fatally struck in a hit-and-run in Watts on July 29, 2018.

Sabrina Williams, 60, is seen in a photo provided by her family. She was fatally struck in a hit-and-run in Watts on July 29, 2018.

LAPD officials are looking for a white sedan or a small SUV in connection with the fatal crash.

While police had not released her identity, neighbors and friends told KTLA the woman killed was Sabrina Williams and she lived in the Nickerson Gardens apartments nearby with her family.

"She was like an auntie to me," said Lalona "Foxy" Powell, one of her neighbors.

Charlotte Johnson, a close friend of Williams', urged the hit-and-run driver to come forward.

"Whoever did this to Sabrina — you need to turn yourself in," she said. "If you had a family member who someone hit and killed, you would want them to turn theyself in, too."

"We love Sabrina. We miss Sabrina. We sat out here last night and just saw her lay there ... it's sad," Johnson said. "Turn yourself in and let the law handle it."

Powell said she's seen other people get hit by vehicles in the same area, saying something needs to be done to make the intersection safer.

"I think they need to put a crosswalk right here because I've seen five people get hit and killed," she said.

Other people in the area also told KTLA a crosswalk would be helpful as collisions are not uncommon along that strip of Imperial Highway.

No other information was released by authorities.

KTLA's Marissa Wenzke contributed to this story.