The driver of a 2009 Ford Mustang is being sought in the fatal hit-and-run of a 27-year-old woman struck and left to die on the side of the road near Ocean Beach, San Diego police said Wednesday.
Evidence left behind at the scene suggests the Mustang’s windshield was damaged upon impact, as was the passenger’s side, near the car’s window area, according to police investigators. The car's driver has not been identified.
Police believe the suspect vehicle was involved in the hit-and-run that killed Amber Schei. Her lifeless body was discovered in some brush off the 4700 block of Nimitz Boulevard early Saturday morning, near the Interstate 8 ramp.
From the beginning, Sgt. Art Doherty said police suspected Schei was the victim of a hit-and-run. He said plastic car parts were found at the scene, and Schei’s injuries were consistent with those of someone who had been hit by a vehicle.
Schei’s mother, U.S. military veteran Tammy Wilson, spoke with NBC 7 following her daughter's death. Wilson had just returned from Afghanistan when her world was shattered by the news.
Wilson described Schei as a “beautiful angel” who was smart, “fun-loving, carefree [and] just loved life.”
She said Schei had moved to San Diego to take computer engineering classes at ITT Technical Institute, seeking her associate’s degree. She also moved in hopes of seeing more of her 10-year-old daughter, who lives with her father.
But Schei had recently dropped out of school and was living in a sort of group home, Wilson said.
SDPD investigators believe Schei was skateboarding across the street when she was struck by the hit-and-run driver.
Investigators are asking for glass repair businesses throughout San Diego County to report any orders on or after June 21 for replacement glass for the front windshield of any 2009 Ford Mustang to police.
The case remains under investigation, and anyone with information should contact the SDPD Traffic Division at (858) 495-7805 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Meanwhile, Wilson said loved ones will hold a memorial ceremony for Schei at 11 a.m. Friday at Santee Lakes. Wilson plans to receive Schei’s ashes in Virginia Beach, where she lives, and then travel to Panama City Beach to spread her daughter’s ashes.