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$50,000 reward offered in double hit-and-run that killed Pacoima woman as she walked to church


Council member Richard Alarcón introduced a measure to offer a $50,000 reward for information on a 79-year-old Pacoima woman's hit-and-run death.

City leaders have given up just asking, and are now offering $50,000 in reward money for information on two separate drivers who struck and killed an elderly woman walking to church in Pacoima, then fled the scene.

The double hit-and-run happened at about 6:30 a.m. on March 17, as 79-year-old Virginia Ramirez tried to cross Glenoaks Boulevard near Mercer Street on her way to Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, according to the Daily News. Ramirez died from her injuries.

(Ramirez was either a good walker or was going to catch a bus, as that intersection is two miles from the church located at 10390 Remick Ave.)

According to police, Ramirez was first hit by a 2000 Nissan Frontier driven by a 35- to 45-year-old Hispanic man, who actually got out of his vehicle to look at the victim, then got back in and sped away.

Soon after, she was struck again by a 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo driven by a 25- to 35-year-old Hispanic woman, who also sped away.

Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene.

District 7 council member Richard Alarcón, who introduced the measure to offer the $50,000 award, said that “accidents happen” but people should take responsibility for them.

“We hope someone who saw anything or has any information will come forward,” Alarcón said, according to the Daily News.

Distraught family members supported the measure, hoping it would help to bring closure to Ramirez’s violent death.

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