Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck an 89-year-old woman in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles late Thursday.
The crash occurred just after 11 p.m. as the woman was walking outside of a crosswalk near the intersection of East 109th Street and South Central Avenue, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said.
The victim was struck by a dark-colored vehicle that did not stop and fled southbound on Central Avenue, according to police.
The collision “caused the pedestrian to become airborne and collide with the roadway,” the police department stated.
Witnesses told KTLA the area has become increasingly dangerous over the years due to speeding drivers and poor nighttime visibility.
Helen Jones, a Watts resident whose husband was killed in a similar manner, came to the scene on Friday to pay her respects, mourning her husband and the elderly woman who was killed.
“It’s heartbreaking and something is really wrong,” said Jones. “There’s a lot of people losing their lives like this and it’s senseless.”
The unidentified woman was pronounced dead at the scene and her identity has not been released.
The vehicle was believed to be an early-model, medium-sized Chevrolet. Police are searching the area for any surveillance video that may help identify the driver.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222- 8477.