PANORAMA CITY (CBSLA) — A woman was fatally struck by a car in Panorama City Monday morning while looking for a dog, according to police.

A 27-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was fatally struck in the 8200 block of Burnet Avenue at about 2:43 a.m. The driver – a 21-year-old man — remained at the scene, and police say neither alcohol nor speed was a factor in the crash.

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A witness to the crash immediately told the woman’s family about the crash, drawing a large number of people outside, some of whom tried to confront the driver. Police backup was called out to help maintain the peace.

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Police say the crash may have simply been an unfortunate, tragic accident.

“She was looking for a pet, or a pet had gotten loose, that’s why she was outside,” LAPD Detective Lisset Fuentes said.

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The dog the woman was looking for has been found and returned to its owner.