Police Tuesday were looking for a hit-and-run motorist responsible for fatally injuring a 31-year-old woman riding a skateboard in Tarzana.
Paris Camille Banks, who was homeless, was struck by a sedan about 12:30 a.m. at Tampa Avenue and Oxnard Street and died at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office and the Los Angeles Police Department.
The silver four-door sedan was traveling southbound on Tampa Avenue, south of Oxnard Street, when it collided with the skateboarder, who was “traveling on Tampa Avenue outside of a marked crosswalk,” according to an LAPD statement.
The car was described as a possible 2013-2018 Toyota Avalon with front-end damage.
“Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves,” police said. “The public is also reminded that, as pedestrians, they should exercise caution when crossing streets by doing so in a safe manner, obeying traffic lights, crossing within marked crosswalks, and obeying the rules of the road.”
A standing reward of up to $50,000 is offered by the city of Los Angeles for information that helps police solve a fatal hit-and-run.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call LAPD Valley Traffic Division detectives at 818-644-8036; 877-LAPD-247, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Tipsters may also use the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.
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