Hit-and-Run Kills Zina Bethune, Dancer and Actress

Police say Bethune was fatally struck by a vehicle on Forest Lawn Drive as she stopped to care for an animal.

Police are asking for the public's help in a hit-and-run collision that killed Zina Bethune, a renowned ballet dancer and teacher of disabled children.

Police said Bethune was on Forest Lawn Drive as she stopped to care for an animal lying in the road near the famed Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills early Sunday.

Bethune directed and choreographed the show Silent Roar: A Whale's Journey that ran at the in North Hollywood this past fall. The Los Angeles Times profiled Bethune and her work today.

The hit-and-run happened about midnight in the 6000 block of Forest Lawn Drive, and Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics declared her dead at the scene, according to LAFD spokesman Matt Spence.

Los Angeles police Officer Cleon Joseph identified the victim as as Zina Feeley, which Bethune is also known by. Joseph said she parked her 2006 Lincoln Towncar along the north shoulder of the road, and while she was walking toward the fallen animal she was struck by a car traveling eastbound on Forest Lawn Drive.

"The impact of the collision threw Feeley into the westbound ... lane of Forest Lawn Drive where she was struck a second time by an unknown car traveling eastbound on Forest Lawn Drive," Joseph said in a press statement. "She was dragged underneath the car for more than 600 feet."

Detectives are seeking information on a white car seen leaving the scene shortly after the second impact, Joseph said.

Authorities urged anyone with information to contact detectives Felix Padilla or Josephine Mapson at (213) 972-1825.

Paul Marin February 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I'm in a state of shock. I've known her mother Ivy Bethune si/nce we played on stage together in New York 60 years ago and knew Zina as a baby. How terrible . Zina was a talented dancer and teacher and caring human being. She will be sorely missed. Paul Marin
Laura February 14, 2012 at 12:25 AM
So sad.
Linda Rubin February 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Didn't Ms. Bethune star in "The Nurses" in the 1960s? What a terrible shame this is.


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