Woman killed by hit-and-run driver in Oceanside day before her birthday

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Authorities Tuesday publicly identified a 63-year-old woman killed in a hit-and-run crash in Oceanside.

Margaret Rose Examus, who would have turned 64 Monday, was attempting to cross Mission Avenue in an unmarked area near the Interstate 5 onramp around 8 p.m. Sunday when she was hit by a westbound silver 1998 Honda Civic traveling about 70 to 80 miles per hour, according to Oceanside police. She died at the scene.

A motorist who saw what happened followed the suspect's car as it headed north on Interstate 5 and east on state Route 76, but lost sight of the Honda near Loretta Street, according to police.

The Civic was found late Monday afternoon in the 300 block of Stage Coach Road, but the driver was not immediately identified, police said. The motorist was described only as a white or Hispanic man with a beard wearing a baseball cap.

According to police, the car hit the woman so hard that the front bumper fell off.

“We don’t know who was driving the vehicle. We have been in contact with the registered owner of the vehicle. It’s unknown if he was the driver or somebody else was the driver,” said Oceanside Officer Kathleen Vincent.

Examus was an Oceanside resident and her daughter lives in Texas. She has a brother in California with a niece and nephew, but was not close to family, according to police.

“We do urge that everybody cross at the light although in this instance we don’t know if that would have made a difference,” said Vincent.