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Woman killed by hit-and-run driver who stopped to look at her before fleeing, police say

The driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a 19-year-old woman in Sherman Oaks early Sunday turned around and came back to look at the victim before driving off, police said.

The hit-and-run occurred at about 2:20 a.m. as the woman and a male companion were crossing Moorpark Street, between Stern and Matilija avenues, Wood said.

The pedestrians were not in a crosswalk when the eastbound vehicle, described only as possibly maroon in color, struck the woman, who was walking behind the male.

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The driver made a U-turn on Moorpark, said Officer William Wood of the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division.

“He slowed down to see her in the street and then fled,” Wood said.

The woman died at the scene, Wood said. Her name was not released pending notification of next of kin.

Her companion was not injured.

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