Passersby called 911 Wednesday morning to report a woman lying in a Glendale street early this morning who appeared to be severely injured and unresponsive. One witness performed CPR on the woman while waiting for paramedics to arrive and she was eventually transported by air ambulance to an area hospital. Despite all efforts, she died of her injuries.
Police now believe that the pedestrian was the victim of a hit-and-run accident that took place on Northern Avenue in the early morning hours. The crash took place near the intersection of 63rd Avenue and involved an unknown driver in an unknown car. After the collision, the victim was left for dead in the street as the driver fled the scene without calling police or checking to see if the woman was even alive.
While little is known at this time, police have been encouraged by one potential piece of evidence. A side-view mirror was found on the scene near the victim and may be from the offending vehicle. Officers plan to identify the make and model of the vehicle the mirror belongs to in an effort to track down the responsible car. However the Glendale Police have stated that at this early point in their investigation, they cannot definitely confirm that the mirror is related to the crash and that it may be from an earlier collision or entirely unrelated to any traffic incident.
Police are looking for any information related to this incident and the public is encouraged to call the authorities if they know anything. Additionally commuters should note that the area between 59th and 67th Avenues is expected to remain closed through morning rush hour so an alternate route should be used.
There are many reasons that the law requires drivers who are involved in an accident to remain at the scene until police arrive. One of them is that if a person is injured, help can be obtained faster and increase the chance of survival. It is unclear whether the victim in this accident would have survived if she received medical treatment immediately after the collision but the delay in care did not improve her injuries.