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Investigators Looking to Question Woman Spotted at Scene of East Village Hit-and-Run

SDPD said that the woman is not a suspect in the hit-and-run and that they only wish to interview her about the incident

Investigators are looking to question a woman spotted at the scene of a hit-and-run last Friday in East Village that left a woman seriously injured.

Witness video shows the woman of interest appear to walk toward the car involved in the collision alongside a man who got in the front passenger seat before the driver pulled away.

The collision happened at an ACE Parking lot at 1344 National Ave. at around 2:30 p.m.

The driver, identified as 34-year-old Ricardo Avila Carrillo, was arrested by San Diego police (SDPD) on Monday after investigators learned the car involved was found on the 3400 block of Main Street in San Diego.

Police said Carrillo stopped his charcoal grey Jeep Patriot for a moment, got out and screamed for help, and then fled the scene.

The victim was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. On Tuesday, police said the victim was improving but was still in the hospital.

The aftermath of the hit-and-run was captured on cellphone video by witness Angela Davis, who was riding a bus near the MTS Transit Center at 12th Street and Imperial Avenue at the time of the incident.

Police say the woman of interest in the video, seen wearing a green sweater and a blue baseball hat, is not a suspect and that they only hope to interview her as a witness to the incident.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Carrillo was driving on a suspended license stemming from a January 2016 DUI at the time of the hit-and-run. The DMV also told NBC 7 that Carrillo had been cited for driving with a suspended license twice last year following his DUI; once in April after failing to stop at a red light, and a second time in May.

NBC 7 has also learned he had two criminal cases in San Diego in May of 2013 and July of 2016.

Carrillo pleaded guilty to felony evading, possession of heroin, and grand theft in 2013. He was sentenced to one year behind bars and three years probation.

The District Attorney's office says he will be arraigned on May 17.

Anyone with information on the woman seen in the witness video, or information on the hit-and-run collision, is asked to call the San Diego Police Department at 619-531-2000, or the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at 888- 580-8477.

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