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Santa Monica police seek clues in death of UCLA graduate struck by taxi

June 22, 2011 |  3:40 pm

Photo: Melissa Del-Aguila. Credit: Santa Monica Police Department Santa Monica police Wednesday were seeking clues on how a woman celebrating her graduation from UCLA ended up in the city, where she was struck and killed by a taxi.

Melissa Del-Aguila, 24, a West Los Angeles resident, was last seen Saturday about 1 a.m. at Q's Billiards in Brentwood, police said.

About 90 minutes later, she was observed by witnesses in Santa Monica as she ran into the westbound lanes in the 2400 block of Wilshire Boulevard near Douglas Park. She was struck by the taxi and taken to a local hospital, where she died of her injuries, the Santa Monica Police Department said.

She is described as Latina, about 4 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 95 pounds. She was wearing a light floral-colored blouse, dark blue skinny jeans and white shoes with 5-inch heels, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Chris Dawson at (310) 458-8954 or Sgt. Jeff Wiles at (310) 458-8950.


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Photo: Melissa Del-Aguila. Credit: Santa Monica Police Department