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An emergency vehicle. Photo by John Schreiber.

A 70-year-old woman is clinging to life Saturday after a motorist hit her and sped off.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C230 with dealer-issued plates struck the woman around 5 p.m. Friday at North Broadway and College Street in Chinatown.

A preliminary investigation by Central Traffic Division officers revealed the driver stopped briefly, but then took off.

“The driver failed to stop, remain at the scene, render aid and identify themselves as required by law,” an LAPD spokesperson said. “The pedestrian sustained multiple blunt-force trauma injuries because of the collision.”

The Los Angeles Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital in critical condition.

Police say the suspect is between 35 and 50 years old, about 6’4” and weighing 180 pounds, with short blond braids. You’ll know it’s him because of the tattoos on his arm and the number “1” inked on the left side of his face, police said.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the incident to contact Det. Jose De Leon of the LAPD’s Central Traffic Division at 213-833-3713 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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