Pedestrian Killed by Unlicensed Driver

Patricia Ellen Riedy of Wildwood, Mo., died Saturday while crossing the street outside of a crosswalk in Panorama City.

A driver without a valid California license struck and killed a pedestrian in a pre-dawn collision this weekend, police said Sunday.

Patricia Ellen Riedy, of Wildwood, Mo., was crossing Woodman Avenue in Panorama City 5:35 a.m. Saturday when she was struck by a black Ford Explorer. The 60-year-old, who was crossing outside of a crosswalk south of Cantara St.,  died at the scene, said Officer Ralph Emard of the Valley Traffic Bureau.

The driver, 36-year-old Martha Cruz of Panorama City, did not have a valid California drivers license, Emard said. 

Because Cruz cooperated with police, she was not arrested at the scene or charged with a crime in connection with the collision, Emard said.

But, he said, she will likely be charged with driving without a license.

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