Friday, March 1, 2019

Hit-and-Run Driver that killed a local grandmother remains outstanding, unidentified

Written by La Mirada NewsBeat 
Maria Chavarria Source: Go Fund Me

La Mirada-  Sheriff's investigators are still attempting to determine who the hit-and-run driver was that struck down and killed Maria Chavarria, 68, of La Mirada as she was walking home with her two grandchildren after meeting them at the end of the school day at Escalona School last week. 

Chavarria was rushed to the trauma unit at UCI Medical Center in Orange where she died a short time later of injuries from the Feb. 20 accident.

The children also injured during the incident were released after treatment at a local hospital.

Sheriff's officials have released an image captured from home surveillance of the vehicle witnesses say plowed into the trio without stopping as they were walking in the roadway next to the curb in the 14800 block of Escalona Rd. at about 1:25 p.m.

The vehicle appears to be a 2015-17 model Toyota Camry, gray in color with damage near the passenger side headlight area which was last seen turning onto the Rosecrans Av frontage road.
This image was taken from home surveillance of the vehicle used 
n the Feb. 20 hit-and-run that killed a La Mirada grandmother
Source: LASD

A Go Fund Me page established by staff at Escalona Elementary to assist the Chavarria family has raised close to $5,000.

Several people in this tight-knit neighborhood of well-kept homes just west of La Mirada Blvd expressed concern about a lack of funding for Sheriff's traffic patrols near the school and others the absence of sidewalks along Escalona so close to a school.

An item has been placed on the agenda for the upcoming city council meeting on Tuesday, March, 12 at 6:30 p.m. to allow residents an opportunity to voice their concerns to council members about what can be done to improve traffic safety in the area.

Courtesy: LASD/NWK

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