On Friday, December 2, 2005, at around 8:00 p.m., Micheline Fernande Mayes was struck by a car while walking her dog near the home of her son Marc on the 800 block of Lucile Avenue north of Marathon Street.
A witness described the suspect vehicle as a 1990-1995 dark-colored Ford Thunderbird, moving quickly when the collision occurred. The driver of the vehicle stopped briefly, and then quickly sped south-bound from the scene.
Ms. Mayes was transported by LAFD Paramedics to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Her son Marc, pictured in a purple shirt, spoke at today's press conference.
The council has issued a reward of $25,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction. Please call Detective Felix Padilla at (213) 972-1825 with any information or questions.
On Sunday, December 11, 2005 at about 10:40p.m., on Virgil Avenue near the intersection of Burns Avenue, Sulma Orellana, a 29-year-old resident of Los Angeles was standing on the east side of Virgil Avenue adjacent to the parked cars at the east curb, when she was struck by a vehicle that was described as either a Ford, Dodge or Nissan pickup truck. The truck was travelling northbound on Virgil Avenue.
Orellana was transported by LAFD Paramedics to USCMC where she was later pronounced dead. A single mother, she leaves behind three children. Her sister Carol is shown here, holding up a picture of Sulma.
We were also able to approve a $25,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction. Detective Mike Kaden is investigating.Please call him at (213) 972-1825 with any information or questions.
Please, drive safely this holiday season. The consequences of not doing so were made all too clear by Marc's and Carol's words today.
Micheline Fernande Mayes