Pedestrian Severely Injured in East Hollywood Hit-and-Run Crash; $25K Reward Offered for Info

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A 50-year-old woman was severely injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in East Hollywood this week, officials said Wednesday.

The pedestrian was crossing at a marked crosswalk on Fountain Avenue at Lyman Place about 9:05 a.m. Tuesday when she was struck by a red or burgundy minivan, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.

The victim, Tatiana Leytman, told KTLA she was headed to the grocery store before being hit.

The motorist continued driving without stopping to help Leytman, video shared by police shows.

She was about halfway through the crosswalk when the van hit her on the left side and she was thrown back a few feet, the video shows.

Leytman was left with a broken rib and a broken leg and is recovering at home. Her husband, Vladimir, says he hasn't left her bedside since she was released from the hospital.

Vladimir Leytman said it "disgusting" that the driver didn't stop.

“This is unacceptable,” he said. “I still don’t believe (it, and) I saw the video.”

Several pedestrians who witnessed the crash stopped to check on Leytman after the impact. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported her to a hospital.

The vehicle was described as being a 2005 to 2010 Chevrolet Uplander that likely has damage to its front right side.

No further details about the crash have been released.

Stephan Junca, a construction worker in the area who shared surveillance video of the crash, said he has seen other people get hit at the "extremely dangerous" crosswalk.

"I constantly see people blowing thorough here at high speeds," Junca said. "It’s unfortunate but it’s not surprising."

The driver could face felony hit-and-run charges.

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information in the case. Anyone who has information can call Detective Moses Castillo at 213-833-3713.

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