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Mother Dies, 3-Year-Old Child Injured in Hit-and-Run in Playa Del Rey

PLAYA DEL REY, CA (September 14, 2021) – A hit-and-run driver in Playa del Rey claimed the life of Wendy Galdamez Palma last Saturday.

Medical personnel responded to the deadly incident around 10:33 p.m., at the 8800 block of Vista Del Mar where they rushed the 3-year-old boy to an area hospital.

Unfortunately, 33-year-old Wendy Galdamez Palma died at the scene, according to Officer Mike Lopez of Los Angeles Police Department.

According to her relatives, the Downey woman shielded her 3-year-old son from the oncoming vehicle.

Investigators later identified the suspect’s vehicle as a dark-colored Toyota 4Runner. The driver is still at large.

The friends and family of Wendy set up a GoFundMe page to help with hospital and funeral expenses.

The Los Angeles Police Department is working to identify the suspect.


No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Our deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Wendy Galdamez Palma.


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