Traffic investigators Saturday asked the public for help locating the driver of a vehicle that fatally struck a woman as she crossed a street in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles.

She was identified as 33-year-old Elizabeth Ruiz of Gardena, according to the coroner’s office.

Ruiz was killed just after 11 p.m. Friday while she crossed Vermont Avenue just north of 186th Street, according to detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division.

She was crossing westbound when she was struck by “a black, early model, medium-sized sedan” heading northbound on Vermont Avenue whose driver failed to stop and attempt to render aid, police said in a press release.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Detectives noted that a reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information was asked to call South Traffic Division detectives at 323-421-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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