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Actress Stopping to Help Injured Animal in Griffith Park Killed in Hit-and-Run

Zina Bethune (IMDB)
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A woman who pulled over and got out of her car to help an ailing animal in Griffith Park this weekend was killed in a hit-and-run, reports KTLA. Zina Freeley, 66, who went by her maiden name Zina Bethune, was struck by two different vehicles on Forest Lawn Drive shortly after midnight Sunday.Bethune, who was just four days away from her 67th birthday, was first struck as she walked towards an animal she spotted lying in the road by a vehicle going eastbound on Forest Lawn Drive.

The impact threw Bethune's body into the westbound lane, and she was struck a second time and dragged underneath that vehicle for over 600 feet, says Los Angeles Police Department Officer Cleon Joseph.

The LAPD are looking for the white car and its driver, spotted fleeing the scene just after Bethune was hit the second time.

Bethune, a former ballerina and actress, was in several daytime TV shows in the 1950s and 1960s. Having suffered from hip dysplasia and scoliosis for many years, Bethune founded an organization to help disabled children participate in dance-related activities in the 1980s that thrives to this day.

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The LAPD ask that anyone who has information about the hit-and-run to contact them immediately.