Woman killed by hit-and-run driver while walking with husband


FALLBROOK, Calif. (CNS) – Authorities Friday were searching for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a 60-year-old woman while she was out walking with her husband in a community southeast of Fallbrook.

The incident was reported around 5 p.m. Thursday on Gird Road near Laketree Drive, in a rural area between the communities of Winterwarm and Pala Mesa, California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Latulippe said.

As the couple was walking on the right shoulder of the road, a pickup heading northbound approached from behind, veered onto the shoulder and struck the 60-year-old woman, Latulippe said.

The driver stopped at the scene for a short time, then drove away, the officer said. The pickup was described as a dark, older model truck that will likely have damage to the right front side.

The victim, a Fallbrook resident whose name was withheld, was pronounced dead at the scene, Latulippe said. Her husband, also 60, was not injured.

Friday, a woman laid flowers at the site and said her friend and co-worker at Bonsall Unified School District was the one killed in the collision.

“She was such a good person and caring. She would bend over backwards for you. She was a very good person and I’m going to miss her,” Raquel Miranda said.

On Thursday night, authorities released a short clip of surveillance video showing a possible suspect vehicle driving down a road in the area about 10 minutes after the crash.

“People are speeding along here all the time. (I’m) surprised people don’t get hit more often, to be quite honest,” said Kathy Patrik, who lives along the road.

Anyone with information about the location of the driver or the pickup is asked to call the CHP at 858-637-3800.

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