The family of a 81-year-old grandfather who was struck and left to die in the street by a hit-and-run driver in Glendale pleaded Monday with the guilty party to come forward.
The victim, identified as Martiros Arutyunyan, was crossing Broadway and Belmont Street about 8 p.m. Saturday when he was hit by a white sedan, according to a news release from the Glendale Police Department. The driver sped off without rendering aid to the dying man.
Arutyunyan, who sustained head injuries, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
"I can't believe it, that my dad is gone," said daughter Rubina Arutnyan. The grief-stricken woman sobbed as she described her father as "a great man."
"I loved him so much," she said. "I miss him. Everyday, I miss him."
Police described the vehicle as a white newer sedan, according to the release. The driver was female.
"It's not like they hit a dog," said son Martin Tovmasyan. "They hit a person."
Investigators were looking for surveillance footage that may have captured the fatal collision or the car involved, authorities said.
"Just come forward, and tell the truth," Rubina Arutnyan said in a plea to the driver.
Anyone with information should call Glendale police 818-548-4911. Witnesses may provide tips anonymously.