Suspect Sought in Fatal Hit-And-Run in Westlake Area


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities are seeking public help today to find the hit-and-run motorist responsible for killing a 76-year-old woman in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The victim, identified by police as Kuen Ham, was crossing Miramar Street at Union Avenue shortly before 6 a.m. Monday when a Toyota Corolla, which was turning left onto Miramar Street, struck her and dragged her about 15 feet, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

Authorities planned a news conference Wednesday morning at the LAPD Rampart Station to circulate a sketch of the wanted suspect and to appeal for public help in solving the crime.

The vehicle is believed to have been made between 2000 and 2010 and may be tan in color. The driver fled the scene without rendering aid, according to police, who said Ham was admitted to a hospital intensive care unit. She died at about 8 p.m. Monday, police said.

A reward of up to $50,000 is available for anyone who provides information leading to a hit-and-run suspect's identification and conviction.

Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to call Detective Juan Campos at 213-833-3713 or the Central Traffic Division watch commander at213-833-3746. Those wishing to report anonymously can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.


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