Suspect Sought in Hit-and-Run That Left Tourist in ICU

The 35-year-old woman, Erika, remains hospitalized in critical condition following the collision, which took place about 6:40 p.m. Sunday at Whittier Boulevard and Lorena Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The victim and her boyfriend were crossing Whittier Boulevard in a marked crosswalk when Erika was struck by an SUV that was making a left turn from Lorena Street onto Whittier Boulevard, police said.

"I was walking in the crosswalk, and I actually saw him coming and I raised my hand to say: stop - and he didn't stop," the boyfriend, Cesar, said. "I managed to get away, but unfortunately my girlfriend did not manage to get away, and she was struck."

The couple preferred their last names not be used.

Erika was thrown about 20 feet by the force of the impact, Cesar said.

Paramedics arrived on scene minutes later and transported her to the L.A. County+USC Medical Center, where she remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit Thursday night.

Cesar said her X-rays show a skull fracture and she has bleeding on and around her brain, so Erika will be in ICU a little while longer.

The couple was supposed to return to Colombia Thursday.

LAPD Detective Moses Castillo said the perpetrator exhibited "total disregard for human life."

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