By Aaron Blevins, 2/16/2012
Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information about a hit-and-run collision that took the life of a Los Angeles woman.
On Feb. 12 at 12:05 a.m., 66-year-old Zina Feeley, was driving westbound on Forest Lawn Drive when she stopped and parked her 2006 Lincoln Towncar along the north shoulder of the road. Feeley stopped to check on a small animal found lying in the eastbound number two lane of Forest Lawn Drive. Once Feeley got out of her car, she walked toward the direction of the fallen animal and was struck by a car traveling eastbound in the number one lane of Forest Lawn Drive.
The impact of the collision threw Feely into the westbound number one lane of Forest Lawn Drive, where she was struck a second time by an unknown car traveling eastbound on Forest Lawn Drive. She was dragged underneath the car for more than 600 feet and came to rest in the eastbound number two lane of Forest Lawn Drive. The drivers of several cars stopped to assist, but it could not be determined which car was involved in the second collision.
Detectives believe that a white car was seen leaving the scene shortly after the second collision. The driver failed to render assistance or identify his or herself. Feeley, a dancer and actress known professionally as Zine Bethune, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Anyone with additional information is urged to contact Detectives Felix Padilla or Josephine Mapson at (213)972-1825 or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213)972-1853. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877)LAPD-24-7.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800)222-TIPS. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.