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Woman killed in hit-and-run near Forest Lawn cemetery

February 12, 2012 | 11:45 pm

This post has been updated. See below for details.

Authorities are seeking information about a hit-and-run accident that killed a 66-year-old woman as she stopped to care for an animal lying in the road near Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills.

Zina Feeley, 66, had parked her 2006 Lincoln Town Car along the north shoulder of the 6000 block of Forest Lawn Drive about midnight Saturday, City News Service reported citing authorities.

While she was walking toward the animal, she was struck by a car traveling eastbound, LAPD Officer Cleon Joseph told City News Service in a statement. Feeley  was thrown into the westbound lane, where she was hit a second time by a car traveling eastbound. She was dragged for more than 600 feet, Joseph said.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics declared her dead at the scene, agency spokesman Matt Spence said.

LAPD Sgt. Gregory Hoyte said one of the two cars involved in the accident stopped at the scene. Detectives are seeking information about a white car seen leaving the scene shortly after the second car struck Feeley.

"She was struck by two vehicles, but which one caused her death I don't know," Hoyte told The Times. "The investigation is still going on."

Authorities ask anyone with information to contact Dets. Felix Padilla or Josephine Mapson at (213) 972-1825.

[Updated 9:43 a.m., Feb. 13: Feeley was known professionally as Zina Bethune, and was a dancer, actress and teacher of disabled children. Police on Monday were continuing to investigate her death.  Also, an earlier version of this post attributed a quote from LAPD Sgt. Gregory Hoyte as having been made to CNS. Hoyte actually spoke to The Times.]

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