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Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash in South Los Angeles

A woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles Wednesday morning, police said.

The woman was crossing Western Avenue at 79th Street when she was struck by a pickup truck around 5:30 a.m., said LAPD Sgt. Tiffany Maston of the South Bureau Traffic.

The woman had possibly just gotten off a bus and was headed to a food bank, police said. 

Police were searching for a black with gray trim Chevrolet Avalanche.

It was traveling south on Western Avenue in the lane closest to the curb when it struck the woman. The pickup then backed up and drove off, Maston said.

Police said they believe the driver was a man.

Investigators combed through the scene for evidence through the day.

Western Avenue has a high number of vehicle-versus-pedestrian collisions and hit and runs in the city, officials said.


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Vallamay Owens said she was hit by a car in the same spot a year ago. She said it's tough to cross Western as cars speed along the street.

Police said the woman killed apparently was in the crosswalk, but the pickup may have had a greenlight.

Patrick Healy contributed to this report. 

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