By Gina Yarbrough
Oceanside, CA–Oceanside police are searching for the driver suspected of a hit-and-run collision that killed a female pedestrian Sunday morning in a residential neighborhood, authorities said.
The incident occurred at 8:19 a.m. on Benet Road near the intersection of Leepish Drive, police said.
Officers responded to the scene and found an unresponsive woman lying on the southern sidewalk of Benet Road.
The suspect vehicle involved had fled prior to the officer’s arrival. Medic personnel attempted life-saving measures on the pedestrian but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Based on witness statements and physical evidence, investigators believe the pedestrian was walking eastbound on the southern sidewalk when a black Honda SUV also traveling eastbound on Benet Road drove onto the sidewalk and struck the woman. The suspect vehicle then made a U-turn and fled the scene westbound on Benet Rd.
Authorities are investigating whether alcohol or speed was a factor in the collision. The name of the victim has not been released pending family notification.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to call Accident Investigator Bussey at (760) 435-4412.