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85-Year-Old Grandmother Killed In Hit-In-Run By Casino Bus In Koreatown

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An 85-year-old grandmother was hit and killed by a tour bus in Koreatown and now detectives are looking for help in tracking down the driver. Around 7:23 p.m. on January 6, Encarnacion Valiente was crossing the street at a marked crosswalk near Olympic Boulevard and Serrano Avenue when she was struck by the bus, according to KTLA. Police say that several witnesses at the busy intersection ran to Valiente's aide, but the driver of the bus kept going. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died of her injuries.

The suspect's vehicle was described by witnesses as a white tour bus with tinted windows and black stripes on the sides. The bus also reportedly had "Morongo" displayed on the side, but a spokesperson for the casino in Riverside told KTLA that they do not operate their own tour buses. The casino says they have not yet been contacted by the LAPD, but have reached out to detectives to offer assistance. Police hope that recently released surveillance footage of the bus will help track down the driver, according to NBC 4.

Valiente, who immigrated from Guatemala, worked for 35 years cleaning the home of a prominent family in Beverly Hills before recently retiring.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call detectives at (213) 473-0234.