Police investigators hope pieces of a vehicle left in the roadway following a deadly hit-and-run collision in Pasco can help identify a suspect.
Juana Figueroa-Figueroa was heading home Saturday night when she was struck by a sport utility vehicle near the intersection of 20th Avenue and Lewis Street, said Jim Raymond, Pasco police spokesman. The 65-year-old was in the crosswalk when she was hit around 8:45 p.m.
Figueroa-Figueroa died at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
A maroon or dark-colored SUV -- possibly a late 90s model Ford Explorer -- was seen leaving the intersection at a high rate speed, Raymond said. Police are searching for the SUV's driver.
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Pieces of the SUV broke off during the collision, Raymond said. Police are reviewing the pieces to see if they can identify its exact make and model.
Police believe the SUV was speeding when it hit Figueroa-Figueroa, Raymond said. Witnesses saw the vehicle head over the blue bridge toward Kennewick. The SUV possibly had a chrome bumper and may have damage in the front or windshield areas.
Investigators have not been able to recover any traffic video of the collision, Raymond said.
"We are hopeful somewhere along the line somebody will call us with some more information," he said.
Anyone with information about the crash can call 911 or contact the Pasco Police Department through their non-emergency number at 509-545-3510.