An investigation was underway today into the hit-and-run death of a woman in Perris.
The victim, possibly a transient whose identity has not been confirmed, was struck about 2 a.m. Tuesday on Cajalco Road, just west of Seaton Avenue.
A vehicle -- likely a Subaru -- was traveling east on Cajalco and the woman was walking on the eastbound side of the roadway, according to a report from California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Monks.
"For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle struck the female pedestrian and the vehicle did not stop, as required by law, and fled the scene," he reported.
A passing motorist spotted the woman lying in the roadway, in the eastbound lane, and called 911, he continued.
Monks said it was not immediately clear whether the woman was walking along the shoulder of Cajalco or in traffic lanes when she was hit.
"We don't know if the person who hit her swerved toward her, or she stepped in front of them," Monks said.
The Riverside County Coroner's Office indicated the victim may have been struck by more than one vehicle before she was found. The area is sparsely populated, with vacant lots on all but one corner.
Monks said investigators found vehicle parts scattered nearby that detached from a Subaru, apparently during impact with the victim.
"The hit-and-run vehicle is missing underbody plastic parts with 'Subaru' imprinted on them," Monks stated in a report.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call CHP investigating Officer G. Marroquin at 951-637-8000.
"If you were in or around the area at approximately 1:59 A.M. or have information about the vehicle, no matter how minor it may be, please contact [us]," Monks said.