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Glendale police find person of interest, car allegedly used in fatal hit-and-run

Investigators have identified a person of interest in the hit-and-run collision reported Saturday evening that claimed the life of an 81-year-old Glendale man, police said.

Forensic investigators on Wednesday were processing for evidence a white Toyota Camry they believe was involved in the collision, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Robert William.

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The fatality on Saturday marked the third pedestrian-related death this year in Glendale. Martiros Arutyunyan was legally crossing Broadway from Belmont Street when he was struck by a sedan, the driver of which failed to stop and fled east on Broadway.

Arutyunyan sustained head injuries and was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Traffic investigators have worked around-the-clock to find the woman behind the wheel, canvassing the crime scene for evidence, surveillance footage and witnesses, William said.

On Tuesday, the city announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver. Police got a number of phone calls, though none produced viable leads.

Authorities located a person of interest using other investigative resources, though they declined to elaborate further.

Police are still looking for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call Glendale police at (818) 548-4911.

In the prior pedestrian-related deaths, a 33-year-old woman was killed after she was hit by a car while crossing illegally at Pacific Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard.

In February, a 56-year-old man died the morning after he was hit by a car while jaywalking on Verdugo Road just south of Wilson Avenue.

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Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

Twitter: @atchek

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