This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ESCONDIDO, Calif. – A hit-and-run crash killed a woman on a North County freeway early Wednesday.

A 911 caller reported spotting the victim on the right-hand shoulder of westbound state Route 78 near Rock Springs Road in Escondido shortly before 6:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The 26-year-old Escondido resident’s name was withheld pending family notification.

“The circumstances regarding how and why she was on the freeway are still under investigation,” CHP public-affairs Officer Mark Latulippe said Wednesday afternoon.

Based on automotive debris at the site of the fatal impact, investigators determined that the involved vehicle was a green 2017 or 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, Latulippe said.

Anyone with information about the crash was asked to call the CHP at 858-637-3800.