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Hit-and-run driver sought by police in mother's death

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I’m asking for the public’s help on a hit-and-run investigation from five days ago. You will recall some of the details we released:

On Sunday, December 2, just before 10:00 in the evening, a 43-year-old mother took the bus home from where she worked as a cleaner at the Edgewater Casino, like she always does. From the Main and Terminal bus stop, Leonida Jimenez-Tumanda boarded a bus and arrived at Main and 43rd Avenue a few minutes after 10:00. We believe she crossed Main Street and continued East on 43rd Avenue. 

Moments from home, she crossed the intersection at 43rd Avenue and Prince Edward Street from west to east on the south side when she was struck.

Leonida was found lying in the roadway at 10:40 p.m. by a passing car. She was able to say that she had been struck by a car, but soon after was unable to speak. She was rushed to hospital by paramedics, where she died a few hours later.

We are asking for any witnesses who may have seen something that might help investigators to please contact the Vancouver Police Investigation Unit at 604-717-3012.

And for the driver, I understand you might be scared and worried about coming forward. It’s important that we hear what you have to say. It’s only a matter of time before we find out who you are. You may have made some regrettable decisions at the time, now is the time to come forward. Do the right thing and contact us.

We hope the driver coming forward will give the family a small measure of comfort as they work through their grief.

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