(L.A.) April Ritz, 26, Died on a Street

Case Number: 2024-00196

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 26-year-old Hispanic female that occurred on a street.

The coroner’s office has identified the woman as April Ritz.

Manner of Death: Accident

Cause of Death: Blunt Trauma

RIP APRIL RITZ (July 20, 1997 – January 4, 2024)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Thursday at 12:22 a.m.

The decedent was fatally injured outside a marked crosswalk by a sport utility vehicle whose driver fled.

LAPD said their officers were sent to Sepulveda Boulevard, south of Century Boulevard, at around 12:05 a.m.

Ritz was outside of a marked crosswalk when she was hit by a gray 2023 Toyota Highlander that was traveling southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard.

Detectives later identified the driver as 48-year-old L.A.resident Eduardo Alejandro Leiva. He was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.