Driver sought in hit-and-run crash that left woman dead near Woodland Hills

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Authorities are asking the public for help in their search for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a pedestrian in the unincorporated Topanga area just south of Woodland Hills Wednesday.

Investigators determined the crash took place about 6 p.m. near the 4200 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, a news release from the California Highway Patrol stated.

The woman’s dead body was found lying along the road shortly after 7:30 p.m., but detectives believe she was hit sometime between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m., CHP Officer Wes Haver said.

Authorities have identified the victim only as a 40-year-old woman.

Officials said the driver fled in an unknown direction. No suspect description was available.

The make and model of the vehicle involved in the crash has not been determined.

Haver noted that the stretch of road involved is somewhat remote, curvy and doesn’t have a lot a street lights.

“We really have little leads to go on, and so we’re reaching out to the public,” he said.

Investigators are looking for any witnesses who may have been in the area Wednesday evening.

They’re also searching the area for any surveillance video that may have captured the collision, and asked anyone who may have dashcam video to come forward.

Topanga Canyon Boulevard was closed for about five hours during the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP’s West Valley Office at 818-888-0980.

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