A 59-year-old woman was arrested Sunday in the hit-and-run death of a man earlier this month near downtown Los Angeles.
Maria Perez of Bell Gardens was taken into custody about 2 a.m. in the vicinity of Gladys Avenue and Sixth Street, the LAPD reported.
According to police, a sergeant spotted Perez’s 2005 Scion xB which matched the description of the car that fatally struck 51-year-old Byern Smith about 1:50 a.m. on May 7 as he was walking in the 1600 block of East Seventh Street, police said.
Perez initially got out of her car but then allegedly fled the scene of the crash and did not attempt to identify herself or render aid to Smith, police said.
LAPD’s Central Division officers stopped Perez and took her into custody. She was booked on felony hit-and-run, a second unspecified felony charge and two outstanding misdemeanor warrants, the LAPD reported.
Perez is being held on $100,000 bail and there is no scheduled court date yet, according to jail records.
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