College girl gets dragged several hundred feet by car in horrific hit-and-run accident in California
The 21-year-old was dragged several hundred feet before the driver got out of his car, and promptly got back in again and drove away
Police authorities in the state of California are looking for a suspect in the hit-and-run death of a college student, who was struck while she was walking on the street hours before she was scheduled to return to school from winter break.
It was on Saturday evening last week that San Francisco State University student Angelina Pinedo was crossing the street in Redondo Beach with her sister when she was suddenly struck by a vehicle. The 21-year-old was dragged several hundred feet before the driver got out of his car, and promptly got back in again and drove away.
The driver clearly left the young college girl to die, with police saying that Pinedo was walking on a crosswalk when the vehicle struck her. Before her gruesome death, Pinedo had spent her winter break with her family at their home in Rosemead, as reported by family members.
The family also mentioned how the young college student planned to return to school on Sunday and start classes on Monday. "Her life was tragically taken in a way that Angelina did not deserve," her sister Martha Torres told KTVU.
The local station further revealed that Pinedo was the youngest of six siblings and that her older sister administered CPR to her after the accident, even though she had passed away on the scene itself. According to witness accounts, passersby rushed to Pinedo's side to help her after she was struck.
"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 added that the driver of the car stopped for a fleeting moment before fleeing the scene.
"I was shocked. I screamed out 'No!'," Coyazo told the local station. "'Don’t leave!' And obviously to no avail." The police said that the suspected driver was driving a black Audi Q5 SUV with a partial license plate "7 MB", with the particular vehicle having 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."
The young girl's family has also started a GoFundMe page on her behalf, and 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. Pinedo's GoFundMe page reads: "No amount is too small! Hearts are broken."