Hit-and-Run Driver Fatally Strikes Woman in North Hills Neighborhood

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Authorities are asking the public for help Friday in their search for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a woman in the North Hills neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley.

The crash occurred about midnight near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Plummer Street as the victim was trying to cross the street, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Lisette Fuentes said.

A black vehicle, possibly a BMW, was traveling southbound on Sepulveda and struck the woman, sending her body under a parked car, Fuentes said.

The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses attempted to chase down the driver, who turned right on Nordhoff Street before entering the 405 Freeway and driving out of sight.

Parts of the hit-and-run vehicle were left at the scene, prompting officials to say it likely had visible front-end damage.

Witnesses said they believe the vehicle may have been traveling as fast as 80 mph.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the Police Department at 1-877-527-3247.

A portion of Sepulveda was shut down for about 2 hours during the investigation.

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