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Mother killed, child injured in hit and run in Playa Del Rey

A mother was hit and killed by a vehicle as she cradled her 3-year-old son as the two crossed a street in Playa del Rey over the weekend, and authorities are now looking for the driver who fled.

The woman, identified by the coroner’s office as Wendy Galdamez Palma, 33, had just finished a day at the beach with her family and was driving through Vista Del Mar, holding her child, to her car around 11 p.m. on Saturday, officials said.

The driver of a dark-colored Toyota 4-Runner struck Galdamez Palma and fled, LAPD officer J. Chaves said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her son was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive, authorities said.

In a GoFundMe page created by her cousin Jennifer Vera, Galdamez Palma is described as loving, funny and selfless. She was married and had two sons aged 3 and 4.

“Her last maternal instinct was to sacrifice her life to save her 3-year-old son,” Vera wrote.

A makeshift memorial at the crash site near Dockweiler State Beach has already been adorned with flowers and candles, according to a KTLA-TV video.

Vera said the family prays for justice and peace.

“Due to this senseless act of a heartless stranger, Wendy’s children will grow up without their beloved mother,” she said.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Los Angeles Police Department.