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Friday, December 18, 2015

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Nun Severely Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver NR15924rmh

December 18, 2015

Update

The vehicle involved in the collision is described as a small white four door compact car.

Boyle Heights:
Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division Detectives are asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision.

On Sunday, December 13, 2015, around 5:20 p.m., 70-year-old Raquel Diaz was in the crosswalk at Winter Street and North Evergreen Avenue. A vehicle traveling southbound on North Evergreen Avenue, struck Ms. Diaz and continued southbound. The driver did not stop to render aid.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported Ms. Diaz to a local hospital in critical condition.

The suspect's vehicle is only described as a black truck, and there is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing and there have been no arrests made at this time.

Raquel Diaz is a Sister with the Los Angeles Dioceses. She is the Director of Religious Education at the Church of Assumption on Blanchard Street. She has worked as a Sister for more than fifty years.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713, Detective Padilla at (213) 486-0753 or Officer Cortez at (213) 486-0766. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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