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71-year-old woman killed by hit-and-run driver in Compton

December 20, 2009 | 10:45 pm

A 71-year-old woman was killed today in Compton after her car flipped when it was hit by a driver fleeing a hit-and-run, authorities said.

Teresa Andrade, a resident of Mexico, was ejected from her car after being hit by the driver of a sport utility vehicle about 2 p.m. on Wilmington Avenue near Raymond Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Coroner's office.

The SUV was traveling north on Wilmington when it clipped a woman on a motorcycle riding in the same direction, Sheriff's Sgt. Douglas Iketani said. The driver slowed down as if he were about to pull over, but instead made a U-turn and crashed into the vehicle carrying Andrade.

The driver fled, but the license plate of his SUV was left at the scene. Sheriff’s deputies traced the license plate to a Compton residence where they found and detained three males, two of whom are juveniles, Iketani said. About 8:30 p.m., the driver was brought into the Compton station by his family members. It was unclear if there were passengers in the SUV at the time of the crash. All four males are related, Iketani said.

The driver's name has not been released.

Andrade was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

-- Corina Knoll