A 48-year-old woman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver early Saturday morning while pushing a shopping cart on a street in North Hollywood, police said.
The pedestrian was crossing Lankershim Boulevard diagonally in the 7300 block (map) about 2:05 a.m. when she was hit by a white Mercedes-Benz, according to Detective Bill Bustos of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division. Her name was not immediately released, pending notification of family.
The woman, wearing a white top and dark pants, was not in a marked crosswalk when the collision occurred, Bustos said. Multiple vehicles stopped as she crossed the southbound lanes. She was in a northbound lane when the Mercedes struck her.
“After the impact, that vehicle did stop for a few seconds but then that driver chose to drive away,” Bustos said. “And that is a crime.”
Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the crash site, where the woman was pronounced dead. Her covered body was seen near the overturned shopping cart and a debris field of recyclables before coroner’s officials arrived.
Police had initially described the victim as a 60-year-old transient but later said that report was inaccurate.
Lankershim was closed between Sherman Way and Valerio Street as an investigation continued at the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8000.