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Family, Friends And Fans Honor Dance Teacher Killed In Hit-And-Run Tragedy

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — Friends, family and fans gathered in North Hollywood Thursday evening to honor the late actress and dancer Zina Bethune, killed tragically in a hit-and-run accident last month.

Bethune stopped to help a wounded animal on Forest Lawn Drive when police say she was struck by two cars. Neither of the vehicle stopped, said authorities.They also said the second car dragged her more than 600 feet.

Thursday night many of her fans, students she taught dance to, and family stopped to recall her life.

Bethune — also known by the name Zina Feeley — was at a time an acclaimed dancer. She overcame scoliosis and lymphedema to perform with the New York City Ballet at 14-years old. Bethune also worked as an actress in television, often appearing on daytime soaps.

Friends say Bethune, who was 66 at the time of her death, graced the stage with her elegance and touched hearts with her generosity.

In 1982, she launched Infinite Dreams, a dance and drama outreach program for children with disabilities.

Bethune was married to her husband for 42 years.

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