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South L.A. hit-and-run driver sought

8/23/2011, 8:15 a.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.--Detectives sought the public's help today to locate the female driver who struck and critically injured a 45-year-old woman and her teenage son as they were crossing a street in South Los Angeles.

The hit-and-run crash occurred about 11:33 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of 80th Street and Western Avenue, according to Los Angeles police.

A woman driving northbound on Western Avenue hit the woman and her 17-year-old son as they were crossing the street in the crosswalk, according to police.

The two victims were taken to hospitals in critical condition, according to police.

The driver, a Black woman in her 50s was described as being about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. She was believed to be driving a dark, late-model car, possibly a Toyota, that probably sustained right front end damage and was missing its right rear-view mirror, according to police.

Anyone with information on this driver was asked to call LAPD Detective Charles Martin or Officer Brady at South Bureau Traffic Division at (323) 421-2500. Tips can also be made to police by calling (877) LAPD-24-7. All tips can be made anonymously.