[symple_googlemap title=”Woman killed walking in Van Nuys” location=”Victory Boulevard and Odessa Avenue, Van Nuys, CA” height=”300″ zoom=”16″]

A woman in her 50s was killed when she was hit by a vehicle while walking in Van Nuys, police said Monday.

The incident occurred at 11:40 p.m. Sunday at Victory Boulevard and Odessa Avenue, said Det. Bill Bustos of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division.

“A 2006 Honda Civic was eastbound in the No. 3 lane when it impacted the female,” Bustos said. “We do not know if the victim was crossing in an unmarked crosswalk.”

The driver did not stop to call 911 and provide assistance and information, the detective said. He sped away eastbound on Victory Boulevard.

“We initially said that possibly two or more vehicles were involved,” Bustos said. “We now only believe one vehicle was involved after looking at the evidence.”

About 1 1/2 hours after the crash, the driver turned himself in to the Valley Traffic Division, the detective said. He was interrogated and arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run. Bail was set at $50,000. He was still being booked.

“Had that driver stopped and remained at the scene, called 911 and given information, the investigation would continue and he would have been allowed to leave,” Bustos said. “Now it’s a felony.”

He noted, Los Angeles has a reward program offering $1,000 for hit and run accidents involving property damage, $5,000 for accidents with lesser injuries, $25,000 for serious injury accidents and $50,000 when the victim dies.

—City News Service

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