Driver and Passenger ‘Switch Places' After Killing Woman in Clairemont Hit-And-Run: Police

San Diego police said the suspect – accompanied by a passenger – initially ran to the victim, but then took off from the scene of the hit-and-run on Ashford Street

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A driver suspected in a hit-and-run that killed a woman in Clairemont Sunday night allegedly “switched places” with her passenger after the deadly incident and the pair took off, leaving the victim to die in the street.

San Diego Police Department Officer John Buttle said a woman driving a dark-colored Dodge Ram truck hit a woman who was walking at 4117 Ashford St. just after 8 p.m. The pedestrian was walking around a Ford pickup truck that was legally parked on the east side of the street when she was hit.

Buttle said, for unknown reasons, the driver made an unsafe movement to the right and hit the parked Ford and the woman walking.

In the Dodge, there was also a man in the passenger’s seat. Buttle said the pair got out of the Dodge and briefly ran to the woman who had been hit.

The pair then “switched places,” according to police, got back into the Dodge and took off, with the man now driving the truck. The pair was last seen driving northbound on Ashford Street, towards Eckstrom Avenue.

The pedestrian died in the street. Her name has not yet been released by police.

No one else was hurt.

Buttle said the suspect’s truck was described as dark gray or black in color, with overhead cab lights on its roof, dually wheels, and possibly paper license plates. The Dodge may have damage to its right front side.

The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information on the hit-and-run can call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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