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Pedestrian, 66, fatally struck on Central Avenue

Authorities are investigating the death of a 66-year-old woman who was killed after being struck by a vehicle and possibly a bus in the Green Meadows neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Maria Casteneda Núñez of Lawndale was crossing the street Saturday about 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Central Avenue and East 87th Street when she was struck by the driver of a white pickup truck traveling south on Central, Los Angeles Police Det. Carol Mitchell said in a statement. 

The driver told police he pulled over his truck about 25 feet away from the accident and got out of his vehicle, at which point he saw a Metro bus traveling south on Central also strike the woman, Mitchell said. The man then drove to Southwest Community Police Station where he reported the incident. He was interviewed by detectives and released.

Gayle Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transit Authority, said the agency was cooperating with authorities, although it was not clear if a Metro bus had actually been involved. Five Metro buses that could have been in the area at the time were inspected, and their camera footage was turned over to police. An initial police report said it was possible that Metro was not a suspected party, Anderson said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Los Angeles police detectives with the South Traffic division at (323) 290-6063.

-- Corina Knoll

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