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Hit-and-run driver fatally strikes woman in West L.A. [Updated]

December 3, 2010 |  8:39 am

Los Angeles police were searching Friday for a hit-and-run driver who fled after fatally striking a woman in West Los Angeles as she walked across a street.

The victim, described as in her 60s, was struck about 9:15 p.m. Thursday after she parked her car in the 1700 block of Centinela Avenue near her home and tried to cross the street, said Richard French, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

The motorist did not stop to help the woman, who was suffering from life-threatening injuries, he said.

"She was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead," French said.

Investigators are still working on a description of the suspect's car.

[Updated at 12:26 p.m.: Police identified the victim as Razia Shariff, a resident of Los Angeles. They said she had gotten out of her Honda CRV that was parked on the west side of Centinela Avenue and north of Nebraska Avenue when she was struck by the unidentified car, which was traveling south on Centinela Avenue. Shariff suffered extensive blunt force trauma injuries when she was hit, officials said.]

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