GLENDALE (CNS) — A woman suspected of killing a 72-year-old woman in a hit-and-run crash in Glendale four days before Christmas is due to appear in court on May 19, authorities said Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Mira Gjura, 61, of Glendale was arrested last Friday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run, and was released from jail after posting $50,000 bail.
The suspect’s vehicle was located and was being processed by forensic specialists at Glendale’s Verdugo Regional Crime Lab, said Glendale Police Sgt. Dan Suttles.
Gjura’s arrest came two days after police released additional video footage of a “person of interest” in the crash. The surveillance footage, which depicts a woman purchasing items at Castle Liquor on the corner of Allen Avenue and San Fernando Road, followed the release of security footage of the vehicle believed to have struck down and killed Novar Ismailyan of Glendale on Dec. 21.
The footage of the car came from a security camera located at a business on Allen Avenue, a street off Glenoaks Boulevard, Suttles said. That footage shows a woman getting out of her vehicle and apparently checking it for damage, he said.
“Witnesses saw the woman and have given the police detectives a description of her, as well as the vehicle,” who they described as being in her late 50s to early 70s, driving a black Toyota Prius, Suttles said.
Officers responded at 7:20 p.m. on Dec. 21 to the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Linden Avenue and located Ismailyan, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Suttles said. He described the area where she was killed as a “very dark” portion of Glenoaks Boulevard.
The city of Glendale had offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the motorist responsible for the death.