Glendale police have released new surveillance video showing a person being sought in connection with a hit-and-run collision Friday that killed a 72-year-old woman.
A woman can be seen in the video purchasing items from Castle Liquors, at the corner of Allen Avenue and San Fernando Road.
The liquor store is about a block away from where Novar Ismailyan was struck and killed by a vehicle sometime before 7:20 p.m. Friday.
Authorities said Ismailyan was on her way home after shopping at a nearby grocery store and was crossing the street near the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Linden Avenue.
Sgt. Dan Suttles, a spokesman for the Glendale Police Department, said Ismailyan was almost on the other side of the street when she was struck by the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ismailyan would have turned 73 on New Year’s Eve.
Authorities have offered a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver.
Although there were no witnesses to the collision, Suttles said people did see a woman get out of a vehicle she was driving near Glenoaks and Allen to inspect it sometime after the incident.
Several people told officers they didn’t hear any tires screeching before they saw the woman get out of her vehicle a block away from the collision, Suttles added.
She is described as white and in her late 50s to early 70s. The vehicle is said to be a black Toyota Prius made sometime between 2005 and 2015.
She is believed to be the same woman seen at the liquor store; the Prius was spotted parked outside of the business minutes later.
Suttles said the woman put a hood over her head when she arrived at the store. She paid for her items in cash, and security footage showed the woman attempting to avoid cameras inside the store, he said.
“We’re hoping this $50,000 reward will spark some more interest in the case,” Suttles said.
Anyone with information about the driver or vehicle involved in the incident can contact Glendale police at (818) 548-4911.
Anonymous tips can be sent to (800) 222-8477.
Nguyen writes for Times Community News.