Victim still in serious conditions after suffering multiple broken bones and fractures being struck near USC on March 16
Los Angeles – Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. announced Thursday his introduction of a motion securing a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for hitting an 86 year old woman in North University Park earlier this month. Barbara Summerfield was crossing the street, at Adams Boulevard and Figueroa on the morning of March 16 when she was struck by a silver colored Infinity SUV. Summerfield remains in critical condition after suffering multiple injuries from the strike including two broken legs, cracked ribs, a quadruple pelvis fracture, and head injuries. Councilman Price joined LAPD Traffic Division officials as well as members of the Summerfield family, to announce the reward and urge residents to come forward with any information in the case.
“A retired LAX drug officer, Barbara Summerfield was known by her loved ones as a tough woman who remained active in her church and community. As she continues to fight for her life, today we stand up for her, to ensure that whoever is responsible for this terrible act is brought to justice,” said Councilman Price.
LAPD South Traffic Division Detective Graciela Brady, explained that the suspect collided with Summerfield, then continued driving northbound on Figueroa Street. After driving one block, the suspect made a U-Turn and drove past the victim as he sped south around the USC campus.
“We hope this reward will encourage people to come forward to report whatever they know, so we can apprehend the person responsible,” Detective Brady said.
Officials said there has been a spike in the number of pedestrian related accidents in the South Los Angeles area and he urged drives and residents to use caution when driving in pedestrian heavy areas. Councilman Price also called on drivers to stop and give aid if they are ever in a pedestrian related collision.
“Don’t let an accident turn into a crime,” Councilman Price said. “If you’re in an accident, make sure you stop and deliver help to any victims, it could make the difference between life and death.”
Footage of the hit and run collision is available at www.lapdonline.org, in their Media “Newsroom.” If you have any information please contact Detective Brady, South Traffic Division at (323) 421-2500.