Second Hit-And-Run This Week In Glendale Leaves 3 Elderly Women Hospitalized

Two women remained hospitalized with injuries suffered when they were struck by a car driven by a hit-and-run motorist in Glendale Thursday night, police said. It's the second hit-and-run this week in the city where an elderly woman was injured.

The women were struck at the intersection of California and Central avenues about 8 p.m. Thursday, said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. That's just a few blocks from the Americana at Brand shopping complex.

Lorenz says that the women were crossing legally. "It appears that they were in the crosswalk,'' he told City News Service.

Paramedics rushed the women to an area hospital, he said. Glendale police identified them as Serpouhi Gharapetian, 74, who was in grave condition, and 69-year-old Bekzad Shahbazian, who was in serious condition, according to KTLA.

The vehicle was described as a white or light-colored four-door sedan, compact or mid-sized, that was last seen southbound on Central Avenue, Lorenz said. No description of the driver was given.

It was the second hit-and-run collision involving pedestrians in Glendale this week, the L.A. Times reports.

On Wednesday, 75-year-old Leleh Issakhanian was also left in critical condition after she was struck while exiting a parked vehicle in the 1100 block of Western Avenue, police say. The vehicle involved in that incident was described as a white utility van.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to contact the Glendale Police Department at (818) 548-4911.

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