Associated Press obituary for Zina Bethune
, who died yesterday at age 66.
She was hit by an eastbound vehicle, then thrown into the opposite lane, where she was hit by another vehicle that dragged her body more than 600 feet, police said. She had severe head injuries and died at the scene.....
Bethune trained under famed dance instructor George Balanchine and began dancing with the New York City Ballet at age 14 despite suffering from scoliosis and lymphedema. "I was born to dance, in my heart, but not in my body," she told a Los Angeles Times reporter in 1999.
Bethune also founded Infinite Dreams, a dance and performance outreach program for children with disabilities. The program has worked in schools and community centers throughout Southern California.
It's not clear if the driver of the second car stopped to help, as several drivers appeared to have done, but officers want to talk to the person behind the wheel of a white car seen leaving the scene.....
Anyone who might have info on the white car was asked to call detectives at 213-972-1825.