Two pedestrians have been killed in various hit-and-run incidents in the past few days, one on Friday, December 31, in Whittier and the day before in Santa Fe Springs, police said.
Whittier police, responding to both cases, are seeking help from the public to locate two vehicles that they say hit a woman just before 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, December 30th.
“The last two vehicles were seen leaving the Parkmead St and Pioneer Blvd area of Santa Fe Springs after hitting a pedestrian,” said a post on social media.
The woman, Hannah Negate, was 30 years old, according to a Whittier Police Department Facebook post asking for help from the public in locating the cars.
The first vehicle is a dark four-door sedan, officials said. The second vehicle is a white 2011-2015 Nissan Rogue that may have suffered frontal damage as a result of the collision. Anyone with information on either vehicle is asked to contact the Whittier Police Department at 562-567-9261.
Lt. Sam Reed said Saturday that the investigation has not been updated but urged Whittier residents to keep searching for the two vehicles.
During the second hit and miss a day later, an elderly man was hit and killed on the streets of Whittier Boulevard and Hadley Street, said Lieutenant Dominic Iraldo.
The unidentified man was hit by a black vehicle at 7.43 p.m. on Friday, which was escaping from the scene. The police arrested the driver Patrick Lucero, 54, from Whittier on suspicion of hit-and-run and manslaughter, Reed said.
No alcohol was suspected in the incident on Friday, according to both Iraldo and Reed.
The author Pierce Singgih contributed to this report.