An elderly woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Hawthorne, and the suspect returned to the scene about 45 minutes later to identify himself to authorities, police said Tuesday.
Officers were sent to the 11700 block of Prairie Avenue at about 9:25 p.m. Monday for a report of an elderly woman on the ground and not moving, according to the Hawthorne Police Department, which was told by witnesses that the driver fled the scene.
A witness found a license plate for a 2017 Honda Civic, later found to be registered in Los Angeles, nearby and gave it to officers, police said.
The victim, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel, according to police.
About 45 minutes after officers were dispatched, a man returned to the scene and identified himself to officers as the driver of the suspect vehicle. He told authorities that he hit the woman and left the area without rendering aid, police said. He allegedly said he parked his vehicle in a residential area in Torrance after the accident.
The suspect was arrested, and his vehicle was found in Torrance and impounded as evidence. His name was not released.
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