State 94 Hit and Run Victim Identified

An identification has been a young woman who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver along State Route 94 earlier this month. 

The San Diego County Medical Examiner had been looking for assistance in identifying the woman who was killed July 9th and had released a forensic sketch.

Once the composite was released, it apparently led to a tip which eventually led authorities to a woman who identified the victim as her daughter. 

The woman's identity is not being released yet. The crash is still under investigation. 

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify a woman, possibly in her late teens, killed by a hit-and-run driver as she walked along state Route 94 earlier this month.

“We need to identify her to notify her family,” said Julio Estrada, medical examiner’s investigator. “I know there is someone out there who is missing her.”

The woman was killed sometime before 10 p.m. on July 8 when officers discovered her in the westbound lanes near the 28th Street offramp. She had been walking and was struck by one or more vehicles and died on scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the death as a hit-and-run.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has been unable to confirm her identity and is now asking for the public’s assistance.

Forensic artist PJ Puterbaugh, who works with the Medical Examiner’s Office, has created a composite sketch from photos of the woman as well as of a distinctive tattoo: a royal crown with the word “king” in script below.

She is described as in her late teens to early 20s, dark-skinned, brown eyes, brown 6-inch-long curly hair, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. She wore black flowered shorts, a black undershirt, a black blouse with red roses on it, and hospital-issued sandals with black soles and white straps. Investigators contacted the hospital, and her description does not match that of any patients.

She also carried a black purse with a large leather strap that had a gold-colored metal chain and a tassel on it. Inside her purse was a red flowered top with red buttons and short flowered-lace sleeves.

Anyone who believes they may know the identity of the woman is asked to contact the Medical Examiner’s Investigations Unit at (858) 694-2905. The case number is 2018-01658.

Photo Credit: SD County


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