85-Year-Old Grandmother Hit, Killed by Tour Bus

After an 85-year-old grandmother walking in a crosswalk was struck and killed by a tour bus, the Los Angeles Police Department was asking for the public to help track down the driver Wednesday.

"The only thing I want is justice," Arnold Valiente, her grandson, said.

Encarnacion Valiente was walking in a marked crosswalk on Jan. 6 on Olympic Boulevard and Serrano Avenue in the Koreatown area.

The tour bus struck the woman, and failed to stop, police said. Witness stopped to help Valiente when she was struck.

Despite firefighters rushing her to the hospital, she died from her injuries.

"It was 5:30 in the afternoon - a lot of traffic," Valiente said. "A lot of people saw it, a lot of people."

The bus has "Morongo" displayed on the side, but the Riverside casino said the casino does not operate its own tour buses. A worker at the company said no one at the company was aware of the crash until NBC4 reached out. They have since reached out to police, offering to help any way they can.

Investigators released surveillance video hoping to reignite the investigation.

Valiente's son was baffled as to why after three months, police have not found the person behind the wheel.

"I hope that people do the right thing and help us out," Valiente said.

Amid the investigation, Valiente's family is still mourning. Her grandsons said they wish they could still speak to their "abuelita."

"I'll always keep you in my heart," Valiente said. "I will always love you."

Police are encouraging anyone with information about the crash to call detectives at (213) 473-0234.

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