Fatal Hit-and-Run Suspect Vehicle Found

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    The driver in a fatal hit-and-run on State Route 56 Tuesday morning has turned herself in, according to a published report.

    The driver, a woman identified by a local media outlet as Nicoll Koval, reportedly turned herself in to police Tuesday evening. Overnight calls to the California Highway Patrol could not confirm the reports.

    Man Struck, Killed on Highway 56

    [DGO] Man Struck, Killed on Highway 56
    A section of Highway 56 was closed early Monday morning for the investigation of a fatal hit-and run. The accident happened just before 3 a.m. along the westbound lanes of the 56 before Black Mountain Road according to the California Highway Patrol.

    The accident happened just before 3 a.m. along the westbound lanes of the SR 56 before Black Mountain Road according to the California Highway Patrol.

    A driver reported seeing a person walking along the highway. Then minutes later, another caller reported seeing a person in a fetal position lying in the road.

    When officers arrived, they found the man dead in the lanes, apparently hit once by a vehicle driving west on the highway.

    Investigators reported that they recovered the car involved in the accident less than a mile from where the man was hit. The car, a 2008 burgundy Nissan Sentra, is being stored in a locked facility as part of the investigation, according to the CHP.  Investigators described it as "abandoned" and would not disclose the nature of how they found the vehicle Tuesday night.

    According to one television news report,  Koval was not arrested but her car was towed as evidence from a home just off Black Mountain Road.

    According to the San Diego County  Medical Examiner, the man has not been identified. Investigators are asking for help from the public to identify him. He's described as 5'7", 226 lbs, short black hair and brown eyes; light skin though not African-American, according to the coroner. He was wearing black or very dark blue jeans with a black belt, black slip-on VANS shoes and a black hooded sweatshirt with thin horizontal stripes in red, white and grey. He wore eyeglasses and carried a black iPhone.

    If this description matches a missing person, please call the Medical Examiner's Office at (858) 694-2905.

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