LYNWOOD (CBSLA.com) — The family and colleagues of a postal worker critically injured in a hit-and-run while delivering mail in Compton made a public plea for justice Tuesday.
Officials say Lydia Ray, a seasoned postal worker, was getting mail out of the back of her truck near the intersection of Santa Fe and Euclid Avenue when a driver slammed into a parked car, pinning her underneath.
“I can’t believe anybody would do that,” said Charmane Lars-Thret, the victim’s daughter. “I understand accidents happen, but just stop.”
The postal service described Ray, known to family as ‘Peaches’, as a 20-year veteran who is well-loved.
“My mom is the sweetest person. She’s got five kids, six grandkids. She’ll give you the shirt off her back,” her daughter said.
The president of the local union chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Barbara Stickler, said four letter carriers have been hit by cars nationwide in the past six months. Two of the accidents happened in Southern California.
“I know Lydia, she is a marvelous woman,” Stickler said. “She mothers all of us, and takes care of anyone she runs across and just has a big, generous heart.”
Ray is in critical but stable condition after undergoing two surgeries at St. Francis Medical Center.
Her daughter said she is praying for a fast recovery and hopes that whoever hit her mother is brought to justice.
Sheriff’s officials described the suspect’s car as a blue 1995 to 2000 BMW, which likely has visible front-end damage. Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Compton Station.