South LA hit-and-run suspect arrested in clash that killed foster mom Trina Newman Townsend

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A suspect has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident on Christmas Eve in south Los Angeles that killed a foster mother who was giving away toys to an animal shelter, authorities said Thursday.

Carlos Mayor, 55, was taken into custody on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter after an arrest warrant was issued, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said. The mayor is an LA resident who lives near the crash site, the LAPD said.

Details of where and when the mayor was arrested were not immediately available.

An emotional memorial was held on December 29 in honor of the victim, 62-year-old Trina Newman Townsend.

Dozens of candles lit a makeshift memorial on a sidewalk as shocked family members, friends and local residents remembered the community’s beloved activist and pastor.

“The community here honors my sister, someone you didn’t even know,” Dwayne Newman told the assembled mourners. He described her as “someone who, right up to her death, did something in the community you never knew about”.

The mother and grandmother raised two biological children and six foster children.

“My mother was a phenomenal woman,” said Callie Harvey. “Love is a verb — people forget that. She showed you that she loves you.”

The crash occurred at 88th Street and South Broadway. Newman-Townsend was walking back to her car when she was struck by what police say was a blue midsize sedan. The driver never stopped, investigators said.

At the vigil last week, family members urged the driver to come forward.

“Someone who means so much to the community doesn’t deserve to go like this,” said Brittani Newman, Newman-Townsend’s niece. “We as a family deserve peace in our hearts. Therefore, we ask you to please, please, please surrender.”

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