Crime & Justice

Woman killed by hit-and-run driver in Inglewood

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Update 6:17 p.m.: Alleged driver turns himself in

NBC Los Angeles reported the driver of the pickup that struck and killed a woman and drove away was identified as Jesus Cazares, 38, of Inglewood. 

The station said Cazares turned himself in Sunday, though he may already have been ID'd: 

Tipsters helped police tentatively identify the hit-and-run driver and Cazares later called Inglewood police saying he wanted to surrender, authorities said.

Update 12:50 p.m.: Police seek red truck, male driver in fatal hit and run

Police are searching for a red truck driven by a male in his late 30s in the hit and run death of a woman in Inglewood Saturday night. 

Inglewood police captain James Madia told City News Service the vehicle was a full size red or burgundy truck, with a license plate including "5E" or "5F." The truck is believed to have sustained damage to its right side. The driver appeared to have been bald with a thin mustache, Ruiz said. 

The woman was talking to another woman  on Oak Street between Nectarine and Olive streets when she was struck, CNS reported.

Speaking on CBS Los Angeles, Captain Ruiz made a direct appeal for the suspect to surrender: 

“On behalf of the family, this was wrong. What you did was wrong. Absolutely wrong,” Inglewood Police Department Sgt. Ed Ridens said, while making a public plea for the driver to come forward. “If you’re watching, you need to turn yourself in.”

The woman's identity has not yet been released.

Scene of hit and run

9:29 a.m.: Woman killed by hit-and-run driver in Inglewood 

A woman who had just put a baby in her car has been struck and killed in Inglewood by a driver in a pickup truck who fled the area.

Police say the incident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday. The woman had left a family birthday party and was standing next to her car when she was hit by the truck.

The woman, whose identity was not immediately made available, was throws about 30 feet by the impact. She was taken to a hospital where she died.

No one else was injured.

No arrests have been made. Police are looking for the driver of the pickup truck, which was described as red or orange.

— Associated Press