Hit-and-run kills Compton great-grandma

COMPTON, Calif. It happened on El Segundo Blvd. in Compton early Monday morning. The CHP says a passing motorist saw a woman lying in the street and called 911. It turns out that woman had been struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. The CHP had very little to go on Wednesday night because so far no witnesses have come forward.

Friends and family in this Compton neighborhood have come together to remember the woman they call "Momma Will." Seventy-one-year-old Mary Williams left her home early Tuesday morning for her daily here in nearby Magic Johnson Park. Her family knew something was wrong when she never returned to take her young great-granddaughter to school.

"My grandmother was a Christian woman and everybody that's out here is here because of my grandmother, you know," said Noneshi Henry, the victim's granddaughter. "She's lived over here for over 50 years."

"My ma, she walked, she walked at that park all the time," said Curtis Henry, the victim's son. "She didn't bother nobody, she was in good health and all that."

CHP officials say Williams was struck by a hit-and-run driver around 5:40 Monday morning at El Segundo Boulevard and Wadsworth Avenue. At this point they have few leads in the case.

"From some physical evidence that was left at the scene, we know that it's possibly a 1994 or '95 or '96 GM vehicle, either an Oldsmobile Royale, Delta 88 or possibly a Buick Regency," said CHP Officer Paul Kim.

"Who ever hit her, you know, they hit her and they left her," said Noneshi Henry.

Mary Williams was a grandmother to the whole neighborhood. Those who knew her say she always watched out for others.

"My grandmother took care of everybody," said Noneshi Henry. "She was the strength and it's like now -- she was in good health, would run up and down, would play with all the kids and everything. It's just now I'm wondering, you know, where ... we've got to stay strong for each other."

The CHP is asking for the public's help in finding the driver of that hit-and-run vehicle. If you have any information on this case you're asked to call (310) 516-3355.



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