The Los Angeles City Council is expected to offer a $50,000 reward Friday to help find the hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a woman in a Highland Park.

The driver of an older Honda Accord going was going south on Avenue 50 on Sept. 14 about 7:50 p.m. when he struck Gloria Ortiz as she crossed the road at San Marcos Place, where a crosswalk and stop sign has since been placed.

Ortiz, who had just become a U.S. citizen, was been celebrating the event at her step-daughter’s home just before the accident. According to broadcast reports, her 4-year-old daughter and 6-year-old niece saw it happen.

Police had only a vague description of the suspect vehicle, which was driven by a Hispanic man who appeared to be talking on a cellphone, police said.

Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo will join LAPD detectives and Ortiz’s family members Friday to call on the pubic to help find the driver, and the council is expected to approve the reward at its 10 a.m. meeting.

Anyone with more information about the suspect or the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle was is urged to call police at (213) 833-3713, or Detective Felix Padilla at (213) 486-0753. After hours and weekends, call (877) LAPD-247.

City News Service

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