A 79-year-old woman was killed in Norwalk when a hit-and-run driver crashed into her as she walked home from picking up some last-minute items for a Thanksgiving meal she was planning to host for her family, and now authorities are asking for help finding any witnesses.
The woman, identified by the coroner’s office as Marilyn Haight of Norwalk, died after being struck about 5 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Pioneer Boulevard and Lindale Street, according to Deputy Marvin Crowder of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Haight was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, Crowder said.
According to the sheriff’s department, Haight left a grocery store on Pioneer Boulevard carrying groceries she purchased for a Thanksgiving Day meal.
“Her family would be arriving from out of town the following day, and she wanted to buy last-minute items for the occasion,” according to an LASD statement.
“After leaving the grocery store, bags in hand, she began walking eastbound across Pioneer Boulevard near Lindale Street, when a (northbound) driver struck her,” officials said.
The stamp on the store receipt indicated she had purchased her items just four minutes before calls started coming into the sheriff’s Norwalk Station about the collision, officials said.
“With no means of identifying the woman, and no leads for Norwalk station investigators, she remained unidentified until the woman’s family arrived at her house Thanksgiving Day unaware of the tragedy that occurred the day prior,” according to the sheriff’s department. “Concerned for their loved one, the family contacted Norwalk Station and the woman was identified.”
No information about the suspect or the vehicle has been made available and the sheriff’s department urged anyone who was in the area of Pioneer Boulevard and Lindale Street around the time of the collision was to call 562-863-8711 to speak with Investigator Boyer.
Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or at lacrimestoppers.org.