Elderly Woman Killed by Hit-And-Run Driver While Picking Up Last-Minute Groceries for Thanksgiving

KTLA Los Angeles: Detectives are seeking a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 79-year-old woman on her way home with last-minute groceries for her family’s Thanksgiving celebration, authorities said.

Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz identified the victim as Marilyn Joy Haight of Norwalk indicating she had died at a hospital shortly after the collision, which took place about just after 5 p.m. Wednesday on Pioneer Boulevard at Lindale Street.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department provided a written statement that identified no description of the vehicle that struck the victim was available.

Haight was preparing to host her family for Thanksgiving the following day and had just stopped at a grocery store to pick up some items for the gathering, sheriff’s officials said.

“After leaving the grocery store, bags in hand, she began walking eastbound across Pioneer Boulevard near Lindale Street,” according to the Sheriff’s Department statement. “A driver struck her.”

“The vehicle was traveling northbound on Pioneer Boulevard and the driver never stopped to render aid,” the statement added.

Haight was transported to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries.

“She remained unidentified until the woman’s family arrived at her house Thanksgiving Day, unaware of the tragedy that occurred the day prior,” the statement said. “Concerned for their loved one, the family contacted Norwalk Station and the woman was identified.”

Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711.

Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.