81-Year-Old Grandfather Fatally Struck in Glendale Hit-and-Run Crash; Female Driver Sought

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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.

Martiros Arutyunyan is seen in a photo provided by his family on April 18, 2016.
Martiros Arutyunyan is seen in a photo provided by his family on April 18, 2016.

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.

A small memorial was set up in memory of Martiros Arutyunyan on April 18, 2016 in Glendale. (Credit: KTLA)
A small memorial was set up in memory of Martiros Arutyunyan on April 18, 2016 in Glendale. (Credit: KTLA)

"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.

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