The mother was crossing the street with her child Saturday night in the 8800 block of Vista Del Mar when they were hit by a Toyota 4Runner, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police initially said the child was 2 years old.
The woman, identified as 33-year-old Wendy Galdamez-Palma, was pronounced dead at the scene. The child was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK.
According to a GoFundMe page set up for the family, she was cradling her son when she died, saving his life.
She is at least the third person to be killed while trying to cross Vista Del Mar in the past six years.
Additional details about the suspect vehicle were not immediately available, but anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact police at 213-473-0022.