75-year-old woman fatally struck by SUV in South El Monte identified

SOUTH EL MONTE — Officials Wednesday identified a 75-year-old South El Monte woman who was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing a street.
Ofelia Herrera died at a hospital about two hours after being struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe about 9 a.m. Tuesday on Klingerman at Santa Anita Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
No crime was initially suspected in connection with the collision, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Jim Dexter said. The man who was driving the Chevrolet SUV, “immediately stopped and reported the collision,” he added.
Herrera was crossing north across Klingerman, within a crosswalk, when she was hit by the the SUV as it made a left turn onto eastbound Klingerman, according to Sgt. Michael Martinez.
The SUV driver made his turn after waiting for traffic to clear, Dexter said, but apparently failed to see the pedestrian.
The driver was not cited or arrested at the scene, Dexter said. The incident remained under investigation by deputies from the sheriff’s Temple Station.

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