Hit-And-Run Driver Slowed Down To Look At Victim's Body Before Fleeing
The driver who struck and killed a 19-year-old woman early Sunday morning drove back to look at her body before fleeing the scene, police said.
KTLA reports that the woman—whose identity has yet to be released, pending family notification—was hit around 2:20 a.m. in Sherman Oaks, while crossing Moorpark Street with a male companion. According to ABC-7, the woman's friend was standing on the sidewalk when the victim was hit by the car, which police described as a maroon sedan with tinted windows. After the driver hit the woman, he made a U-turn and drove back to the scene, and rolled down his window to look at the victim's body before speeding away.
"He slowed down to see her in the street and then fled," LAPD officer William Wood told the L.A. Times.
While officials said even though the victim was not using a crosswalk, the suspect should have stayed at the scene. As LAPD detective Bill Bustos told ABC-7, "The issue here is that the person who was involved in the traffic collision did not stop to render aid, call 911...Unfortunately, that person chose to leave, becoming a felony crime."
A $50,000 reward is being offered for leads to the suspect; those with any information should contact the LAPD Valley Traffic Division.