A woman who was apparently looking for a dog that had gotten loose was fatally struck by a vehicle in Panorama City early Monday, officials said.
The crash was reported about 2:40 a.m. in the 8200 block of Burnet Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Earlier, LAPD Detective Lisset Fuentes had said it occurred near the intersection of Burnet Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard, in North Hills.
A 21-year-old man in a Camaro was driving at the speed limit in the area when he struck the victim in the middle of the street. The driver called 911 and remained at the scene, Fuentes said.
The victim died at the scene. She was identified as 27-year-old Pamela Ramos by loved ones who gathered for a vigil near the crash site Monday night.
She lived nearby, officials said, and family members responded to the scene after being alerted of the crash by a neighbor.
The dog was eventually found near the scene and returned to the family. It was found with blood on its paws, officials said.
"We're still trying to figure out what happened," Fuentes said.
The driver was not under the influence and speed was not a factor, the detective said. The incident remains under investigation.
More than 100 people turned out to honor Ramos' life at Monday night's prayer vigil.
The 27-year-old was a "beautiful human being" who loved animals and had wanted to become a veterinarian, family friend Vivian Morales said.
"We're just all in shock," Morales told KTLA. "As you can see, her mother is in a lot of pain. To lose a loved one, I don't wish that upon anyone - and here we are. The whole community's here."
KTLA's Erika Martin contributed to this report.