Woman killed in hit-and-run crash on SR-78

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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.

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