El Monte police ticket drivers at intersection where elderly woman was killed

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El Monte police ticketed more than 40 people in a crosswalk enforcement action at an intersection where an elderly woman was killed in a 2016 hit-and-run. (KABC)

The hit-and-run death of a 74-year old woman at an El Monte intersection remains unsolved two years after it happened.

But police were hoping to bring new attention to the case as they executed a crosswalk enforcement operation at the same location on Wednesday.

The officers were easy to spot at the intersection. But drivers were still violating the crosswalk and officers wrote more than 40 citations. Some of them went to pedestrians who crossed on a red light.

"Even with the cameras out here, even with the uniforms out here, people are still violating the law," said El Monte police Sgt. Roger Cobian. "Which brings big concern to us as parents and drivers as to what could possibly be happening when we're not here."

The intersection of Gibson Road and Valley Boulevard was where Qing Ru Zhao Mao of El Monte was fatally struck on Jan. 17, 2016.

The hit-and-run remains unsolved to this day.

But officers passed out fliers hoping they might prompt someone to come forward with information.

"We're hoping in reaching out to the public that maybe, just maybe somebody either heard about it or knows something about it and will come forward today," Cobian said.

Another pedestrian, a 92-year-old El Monte resident, was struck and killed at the same intersection on Oct. 14, police said.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run that killed Mao is asked to call police at (626) 580-2134 or email tipsempd.org. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

City News Service contributed to this report.
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