A 57-year-old woman who likely was collecting recyclables was struck and killed by an alleged hit-and-run driver in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles recently.
About 24 hours later, a 47-year-old man who works at a school nearby was arrested and charged in her death. He was released from jail after posting $100,000 bail.
The woman’s body was discovered at about 7:30 one morning, though, it is believed the crash that killed her happened about 90 minutes earlier. Tips from the public led to the man’s arrest.
Police said the woman probably was looking in trash cans for recyclables, which she redeemed for money to help pay for her daughter’s costs to attend Los Angeles City College. The man, police said, might not have known he hit the woman. A review of security video recorded nearby showed that the man got out of his car, looked for damage, then left the scene. Her body was underneath the trash bins and the debris that had been displaced.
Police said rainy weather could have caused the crash.
The woman is survived by her husband of 38 years, as well as three children and a grandson.
“She loved her grandson,” her son told NBC4. “He’s 5 … and unfortunately he’s asking for her right now.”
The woman’s contributions to her family undoubtedly were far greater than the money she collected from recyclables, and her family deserves, at a minimum, compensation for her funeral expenses. An attorney with experience in pedestrian-auto cases can help the family recover those costs and seek compensation for other damages.