REDONDO BEACH (CBSLA) – A 21-year-old woman has been arrested in the hit-and-run death of a college student in Redondo Beach.
Angelina Pinedo, a student at San Francisco State, was walking with her sister when she was killed Saturday evening at Aviation Boulevard and Grant Avenue.
Police say they located a car that matched an eyewitness description Sunday morning in a residential area, which was located a short distance away from the scene of the collision.
On Monday afternoon, investigators arrested Leila Gonzalez, of Bell, who police say admitted that she was driving the car that killed Pinedo.
Family members said Pinedo’s father was killed by a hit-and-run driver when she was just 2 years old, and her mother died a few years later.
Martha Pinedo-Torres, the victim’s sister, told reporters that Angelina had “the most amazing soul.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if she would be here telling me to forgive that person (who hit her),” she said.
A memorial service for Pinedo was held in Rosemead on Monday evening.
Friends and family paid tribute to Pinedo outside the home where she grew up.
“They are here because they loved her. Because she touched their lives,” said Pinedo-Torres.
Gonzalez was booked into the Redondo Beach jail on a felony hit-and-run charge, with bail set at $50,000.
She’s due back in court Jan. 30.