Hit & Run Fatalities: Information Sought

Making my daily stop over at City Councilman Eric Garcetti’s blog I found the news that he’s been busy sadly attending press conferences “that no councilmember ever wants to attend,” specifically two regarding fatal hit-and-run accidents in his district earlier this month.

Around 8 p.m. December 2, Micheline Fernande Mayes was struck by a car while walking her dog near the home of her son on the 800 block of Lucile Avenue north of Marathon Street, and at 10:40 p.m. December 11 on Virgil Avenue near the intersection of Burns Avenue, Sulma Orellana was standing on the east side of Virgil Avenue adjacent to the parked cars at the east curb, when she was struck. A witness described the automobile that hit Mayes as a “1990-1995 dark-colored Ford Thunderbird.” The vehicle that killed Orellana is reportedly a “Ford, Dodge or Nissan pickup truck.”

The city council has authorized respective $25,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the drivers. LAPD Detective Felix Padilla is the contact for the Mayes case at 213/972-1825 ; Detective Mike Kaden is ithe Orellana investigator at 213/972-1825.