Driver Sought in South Los Angeles Hit-and-Run That Killed 64-Year-Woman Walking on Sidewalk

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Police were asking for help from the public Friday in identifying the driver of an SUV involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 64-year-old woman who was walking on a sidewalk in South Los Angeles.

The crash occurred around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday on Normandie Avenue at 76th Street in the Manchester Square neighborhood, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

A surveillance image of the hit-and-run driver's SUV was released by the Los Angeles Police Department.
A surveillance image of the hit-and-run driver’s SUV was released by the Los Angeles Police Department.

A dark-colored four-door Ford Explorer was traveling north on Normandie Avenue when it rear-ended an unoccupied school bus, the release stated.

The driver put the vehicle in reverse and drove around the school bus and up onto the sidewalk where the woman was walking, according to investigators..

The victim, identified by police only as a 64-year-old Hispanic woman, was rushed to the hospital where she later died. Police had initially reported the victim was Asian.

The driver kept traveling northbound without stopping to help.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund.  A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact South Traffic Division, Officer Hernandez at 323-421-2500 from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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