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.