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Three women struck, injured by vehicles in two recent incidents

Three older women were struck by vehicles in two separate incidents this week, sending all of them to the hospital - one in grave condition.

At around 8 p.m. Thursday, two women - one 59 years old and the other 73 - were struck by a car as they were crossing California Avenue as they walked northbound along Central Avenue, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.

Both women, whose identities were not immediately released, were sent to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. The 73-year-old woman was listed in grave condition, Lorenz said, while the 59-year-old woman was in serious, but stable condition.

Witnesses said the driver of the vehicle heading eastbound on California did not stop for a red light, struck the women and fled the scene.

The vehicle is described as a white or light-colored four-door, compact car, Lorenz said.

On Wednesday, the driver of a white utility van struck and critically injured a 75-year-old Glendale woman and then fled the scene.

The woman, whose identity wasn’t released, suffered head trauma, broken bones and internal injuries and remained in critical condition Thursday at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

She was exiting her parked vehicle at about 4:22 p.m. in the 1100 block of Western Avenue when the white van struck her and continued on without stopping at the scene, he said.

The vehicle was last seen traveling east on Glenoaks Boulevard, police said.

Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian was at the scene of Thursday's incident and said he and the City Council will make it a priority to stop these types of tragedies.

“We're drawing a line after this incident and devoting a huge amount of resources making sure this doesn't occur anymore,” he said over the phone, adding that officials will increase education and enforcement in their efforts

Wednesday’s crash comes nearly two weeks after 88-year-old Glendale resident Balasan Mirzabegianliwasgan was struck and killed on Doran Street.

Mirzabegianliwasgan stepped out from between two parked vehicles on Doran near Glendale Avenue about 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 and was hit by a Ford Focus.

The car’s driver remained at the scene and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said.

Mirzabegianliwasgan was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Her death marked the third pedestrian-involved fatality in Glendale this year, as well as the fourth traffic-related fatality.

Anyone with details about either crash or anyone who has seen either vehicle is asked to call the Glendale Police Department Traffic Bureau at (818) 548-3131. To remain anonymous, call Glendale Crime Stoppers at (818) 507-7867.

-- Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

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