As police continued to search for the driver who fled after fatally striking a pedestrian in Redondo Beach the previous evening, family members on Sunday identified the victim as a 21-year-old college student from Rosemead.
The Redondo Beach Police Department said the woman, identified by her family as Angelina Calderon Pinedo, died in the crash that happened around 9 p.m. in the 1600 block of Aviation Boulevard near Grant Avenue.
Pinedo was on a crosswalk when the vehicle hit her, Lt. Shawn Freeman said. The driver did not stop and continued traveling south on Aviation Boulevard, the lieutenant added.
Investigators described the vehicle as a black Audi SUV with the partial plate number “7MB.” It had damages in its front windshield and hood, detectives said.
Authorities reported interviewing multiple witnesses and looking through surveillance footage.
Some witnesses told KTLA the victim was dragged several hundred feet before the driver briefly exited the SUV, then got back in and sped away without trying to help the dying woman.
According to the victim’s family, Pinedo graduated from Rosemead High School in 2015 and worked at the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach before attending San Francisco State University. She last resided in Daly City while completing her third year at San Francisco State.
The family held a prayer gathering at their Rosemead home at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Pinedo was walking with her older sister, Michelle Pinedo, when she was struck, police said.
“She had a heart meant to do service,” Torres said. “She made friends everywhere she went.”
“She had a forgiving heart, as well,” the sister said. “If my little sister was still here, she’d probably be telling the person who was driving that car that she forgives them. But all my family wants right now is for them to come forward and do the right thing, because that’s what she deserves.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Redondo Beach police investigator Clint Daniel at 310-379-2477, ext. 2721, or via email at clint.daniel@Redondo.org. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.
KTLA’s Alexandria Hernandez contributed to this story.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly named the sister who was with the victim when she was struck.