27-year-old pedestrian IDed as victim killed in Pico Union hit-and-run; driver sought

Sunday, July 3, 2022
Hit-and-run driver sought after fatally striking woman in Pico Union
A woman was fatally struck by a hit-and-run vehicle in the Pico Union area, authorities said.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Coroner's officials on Sunday publicly identified a woman who was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver early the previous morning in Pico Union.

Shawnkel Washington was a 27-year-old Los Angeles resident, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

The crash occurred at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday at Pico Boulevard and Wilton Place, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A white Nissan sedan was traveling eastbound on Pico when it struck the pedestrian, who was crossing the street at the intersection.

"The sedan stopped following the collision, and a male driver exited the vehicle momentarily,'' according to an LAPD news release. "The driver re-entered the vehicle and fled the scene eastbound on Pico Boulevard, failing to identify himself or render aid to the pedestrian.''

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The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The LAPD's West Traffic Division urged anyone with information regarding the crash to call them at (213) 473-0234 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Tipsters may also visit lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips'' under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers menu to submit an online tip.

A reward of up to $50,000 is available to anyone who provides information leading to the identification, apprehension and conviction of a hit- and-run driver or resolution through a civil compromise.