Marina Morozova, the pedestrian hit by a car while crossing Santa Monica Boulevard in the early morning hours of Sept. 24, died on Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Her death was reported to WEHOville by a friend of Morozova. Morozova, 30, who lived in West Hollywood and in nearby areas, was a pilates instructor and a young dancer with a large following.
Friends of Morozova have set up a Go Fund Me account to raise money for a memorial and for donation to an appropriate charity. As of publication of this story, friends of Morozova have raised $31,817 of their $50,000 goal. Morozova, who was born in Russia, apparently has no family members in the United States.
Morozova was walking just outside the crosswalk on Santa Monica Boulevard near Westbourne when she was struck by a car around 3 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies determined that the driver had not been drinking and was not in violation of the law.
“At the night of the incident she went to Petit Ermitage,” said a close friend of.Morozova who asked that her name not be used. “She used to hang out there on a regular basis. She love to dance all the time and she was very spiritual. Always helped everyone even when she didn’t had much. Beautiful soul!”
Morozova’s skills as a performer were called out by one man who posted on the Go Fund Me Page a photo of her performing as the Dormouse in “Alice in Wonderland: at the Forest Theatre in Carmel. “Marina was deeply loved amongst the Monterey County Theater community, and our hearts are broken,” he wrote.
Morozova was a graduate of the Tomsk College of Culture and Arts in Tomsk, Siberia, and of the Monterey Peninsula College.
Morozova’s Instagram page illustrates her involvement with local art and creative communities.