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Police Searching For Hit-And-Run Driver Who Fatally Struck 70-Year-Old Nun

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Police are looking for a driver who fatally struck a 70-year-old nun and then fled the scene. Sister Raquel Diaz, 70, was the director of Religious Education at the Church of Assumption in Boyle Heights. She was struck by a car near the church while in the crosswalk at Winter Street and North Evergreen Avenue at about 5:20 p.m. on December 13, City News Service reports. The driver did not stop after hitting Diaz, and continued heading south on Evergreen. Diaz was taken to the hospital after the crash, and succumbed to her injuries on Sunday at about noon. Diaz had been a nun for the last 50 years of her life.

Police are searching for the hit-and-run driver. Though the car had previously been described as a black truck, the most recent description from the LAPD is that it was a white, four-door compact car that may have been a Toyota or Nissan. Police have not released a description of the driver.

There is a possible reward of up to $50,000 for information that leads to the identity of the driver, according to a release from the LAPD. Anyone with information should call the LAPD Central Traffic Division at 213-833-3713.