If someone gets into an accident, staying at the is not just important – it’s the law. Staying at the scene until law enforcement releases you can mean all the difference in conviction and the severity of a sentence.
CBSLA says that could be the case in a hit-and-run crash in Tarzana late Wednesday night that left a woman who was skateboarding dead.
According to a statement released by the Los Angeles Police Department, the fatal crash happened at approximately 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Tampa Avenue and Topham Street.
Investigators say that a vehicle, a sliver 2013 to 2018 Toyota Avalon, was traveling southbound on Tampa Avenue when it struck a 40-year-old as she was riding her skateboard on the street. She was not in the crosswalk at the time.
The driver of the Toyota failed to stop after the collision and fled the scene of the crash.
Paramedics were called to the scene. The woman was declared dead at the scene of the collision.
LAPD detectives were able to identify the make and model of the vehicle from vehicle debris left at the scene. Police are now investigating video camera footage to locate the car and driver.
So far, a possible DUI has not been ruled out.
The suspect vehicle is described as a later model silver Toyota Avalon with front-end damage on the right side of its fender.
The Los Angeles Police Department asks anyone with any information about the incident to contact them at (213) 484-3400.