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Elderly Pacoima woman struck twice in fatal hit-run; 2 sought

May 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The L.A. City Council was in the process of approving a $50,000 reward Tuesday, one that police hope will help catch two hit-and-run drivers who struck and killed an elderly woman in Pacoima.

The victim, 79-year-old Virginia Ramirez, was walking to church on the rainy morning of March 17 when she was struck twice as she crossed in an unmarked crosswalk at Glenoaks Boulevard and Mercer Street.

"As she was crossing the street, somebody hit her, and she lay injured and perhaps a few minutes later, another car came by and struck her again," said city councilman Richard Alarcon.

Ramirez was first struck by a red Nissan Frontier pick-up truck. The driver was reportedly a Hispanic male 35 to 45 years old. The driver of the second vehicle, a white late-1990s Chevy Monte Carlo, was a woman possibly in her late 20s.

Members of Ramirez's church, family and police gathered in front of city hall Tuesday with a message.

"These people need to stop and turn themselves in so we can have closure to the Ramirez family and her friends," said L.A. Police Capt. Ivan Minsal.

Omero Valencia says his great-aunt never married or had children, but she was always taking care of the people around her. She also wanted to become a nun and was devoted to her church.

"She meant a lot to the community, in the church that she went to she always took them snacks, she was a very thoughtful woman," he said.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact LAPD Valley Traffic Division at (818) 644-6000.