Authorities Thursday appealed for public help to find the hit-and-run motorist whose car struck and killed a woman and badly injured her husband in Echo Park.

Morena Del Carmen Alvarado-Lopez, 58, and her husband were walking northbound on Sunset Boulevard, east of White Knoll Drive, about 12:50 a.m. Monday when they were struck by a car and dragged 50 feet before they were dislodged from the vehicle, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The victims were taken to a hospital, where Alvarado-Lopez died of her injuries, police said. The 71-year-old man, whose name was not released, was hospitalized with severe injuries.

The vehicle was described as a red or burgundy four-door sedan. No description was released of the motorist.

Police planned an afternoon news conference at the LAPD Central Station to appeal for public help in finding the motorist. A standing reward of up to $50,000 is in effect, authorized by the Los Angeles City Council for information in fatal hit-and-run crimes.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call LAPD Detective Juan Campos at 213-486-0755, or email him at 31480@LAPD.Online.

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