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HIGHLAND PARK — A 57-year-old woman was struck and killed on Sunday night by a vehicle whose driver might have been talking on a cellphone during the collision.
Gloria Ortiz was hit while walking in a crosswalk in the intersection of Avenue 50 and San Marcos Place at 7:50 p.m., according to an advisory from the Central Traffic Division. Ortiz was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:20 p.m. She is survived by two adult daughters.
The hit-and-run driver, described as a possible male Latino, never applied the brakes and fled southbound on Avenue 50. The front windshield of his vehicle, described as an older model Honda Civic, was damaged during the crash, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective Felix Padilla at (213) 486-0753. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).