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UPDATE: Hit-And-Run Victim Left To Die

A 69-year-old woman out for a morning walk was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

UPDATE at 3:23 p.m.: The discovery of a 69-year-old woman found dying on a French Valley road Friday morning has prompted an investigation into a felony hit-and-run.

The woman, who later died at a local hospital, "appears ... to have been hit by a vehicle," Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell told Patch Friday morning.

"We are in the preliminary stages of an investigation," CHP Sgt. Cory Ball said.

Ball told Patch at the scene that the woman went out for a walk Friday morning but failed to return as expected. The family went looking for her, and she was found on Brookridge Lane, near Washington Street, in an area near a new housing development and park.

"She was found along the right side of the road," Ball said, "... unconscious with severe traumatic injuries."

The woman, whose identity has not yet been released by authorities, was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta, where she succumbed to her injuries, said CHP officer Nathan Baer, who confirmed that evidence found at the scene shows signs of hit-and-run.

Officials said the ongoing investigation is joint between the California Highway Patrol and Riverside County sheriff's deputies. Anyone who may have seen the crash was asked to call the Temecula office of the California Highway Patrol: 951-506-2000.

Today's incident comes a little over a week after police put out a plea to Southern California residents to help find a woman believed to have struck a 16-year-boy with her vehicle in the desert. Click here for that story. --Toni McAllister contributed to this report.

Anthony September 21, 2012 at 09:09 PM
The sense of responsibility seems to be diminishing amongst our lower class citizens and it is extremely disconcerting!
Tina Tyra September 21, 2012 at 09:21 PM
What is going on? This keeps happening. It would have been obvious that someone struck her, and they just drove away without even calling for help? So sad and sorry for her family. What happened to the days when people had consciences?
Teller of Truth September 21, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Welcome to paradise!
RACHEL KYRISS September 21, 2012 at 09:53 PM
How scary to think that I live in a society Like this
Constant Comment September 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Take a good look around. This just didn't happen over night. When you scare away the people that want to make improvements for this area in favor of the ones that invite over more low lives, what do you expect?
Anon September 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM
This is happening way too often. A doctor was killed last weekend in Newport riding her bike by a hit and run driver. What is wrong with people? If you are driving you are supposed to be insured, if not, dont drive!! I think its our drivers who dont have insurance or licenses who the culprits of most of these. If you dont have a license you have not taken a class or a test to drive! DUH! More DUI check points I guess to take these idiots off the road. Impound those cars until they get it!
cody September 22, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Anthony you don't have to be a lower class citizen to be invalid in a hit and run.
Reverend Smith September 22, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Non-resident drivers licenses required for illegals. Require fingerprints and photo ID, and verified residential address just like the rest of us. That way, police can track them down. Without that, loved ones may well live all their days wondering who and why.
Ken Mayes September 22, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Who might those people be?. Developers
Ken Mayes September 22, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Cody You are absolutely correct. Thinking back we have had the Riverside City Chief of Police, the United States Commerce Secretary, Halle Berry just to name a few.
Charlie Garvin September 22, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Too many senseless occurrences in this world today. Just spent the day with my 86 yr old friend who was beaten in home invasion robbery. When hit and run is involved it is such a tragedy that someone can be so heartless. Condolences to the family of this woman who had a family who loved her.
Bren September 22, 2012 at 07:44 PM
How do you know it's a lower class citizen? To label someone like this as "lower class" is stupid...it could have been a very wealthy individual .... Just sayin!
Teller of Truth September 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM
yeah but ONLY a few. You know who the rest are & no they're not developers......
Teller of Truth September 24, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Yes but thats only a few. You can figure out who the rest are....& no they're not developers.
CJ September 24, 2012 at 08:58 AM
Let's automatically assume it was a poor person or an immigrant (illegal or otherwise). Let's be as racist and bigoted as possible because that will change things. (Read in a sarcastic voice. Just in case you missed it.)
Teller of Truth September 24, 2012 at 03:45 PM
"Class" has nothing to do with wealth.

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