Witness said the victim was dragged several hundred feet as the driver fled the scene

By Harriet Sokmensuer
January 28, 2019 01:08 PM
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California authorities are looking for a suspect in the hit-and-run death of a college student struck while walking on the street hours before she was scheduled to return to school from winter break.

On Saturday evening, 21-year-old Angelina Pinedo, a San Francisco State University student, was crossing the street in Redondo Beach with her sister when she was struck by a vehicle. Pinedo was dragged several hundred feet before the driver got out of his car, then got back in and drove away, leaving Pinedo to die, witnesses alleged to KTLA.

Police said Pinedo was walking on a crosswalk when the vehicle struck her.

Prior to the crash, Pinedo had spent winter break at her family’s home in Rosemead, her family told KTVU. She planned to return to school Sunday and start classes Monday.

“Her life was tragically taken in a way that Angelina did not deserve,” her sister Martha Torres told the station.

Pinedo was the youngest of six siblings, KTVU reports. Her older sister administered CPR to her after the accident. She died at the scene.

Witnesses told KCAL9 passersby rushed to Pinedo’s side to help her after she was struck.

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“I heard a thump,” said Joey Coyazo, who ran from his job at a nearby liquor store to help. “It sounded like a crash. But without any screeching of tires so I knew someone had just hit something without braking.”

He said the driver stopped for a moment before fleeing.

“I was shocked. I screamed out ‘No!,'” Coyazo told the station. ‘”Don’t leave!’ And obviously to no avail.”

Police said the suspect was driving a black Audi Q5 SUV with a partial license plate “7 MB,” reports KTVU, KTLA and KCAL9. The vehicle had damage on the front windshield and hood.

“We’ve asked anyone and everyone who was in the area, if they have any information to bring Angelina and the family the justice she deserves,” Torres told KTVU. “Please contact the Redondo Beach Police Department.”

Pinedo’s family has started a GoFundMe page. “No amount is too small! Hearts are broken,” the page reads.

Anyone with information is urged to call investigator Clint Daniel at 310-379-2477, ext. 2721 or the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.