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CHP seeks help finding motorist who struck, killed woman near Perris

The driver who struck and killed a 48-year-old woman west of Perris just over a year ago remains unidentified, but authorities said today that tests confirmed the type of vehicle involved, and they’re hoping someone might have information that could crack the case.
Maria Martinez Vasquez of Riverside was fatally injured on the night of Feb. 7, 2017, as she walked along state Route 74, just east of River Road.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Lassig, paint chips and other evidence found on the victim’s body were recently processed and
revealed that Vasquez was hit by a pink or red Honda Civic or Acura CL, likely manufactured between 1997 and 2000.
“The car would have damage to the front, right front — including headlamps — and right side of the windshield,” Lassig said.
Investigators have no other clues.
Vasquez was walking on the north shoulder of the highway shortly after 11 p.m. and was struck from behind.
The driver did not stop, fleeing westbound after the hit-and-run, investigators said.
A passing motorist spotted Vasquez lying in the roadway and called 911. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Anyone with information was urged to call the CHP’s Temecula office at (951) 506-2000.

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