Woman Fatally Struck By Hit-and-Run Driver in Westminster

Police believe the woman was possibly hit by two vehicles.

A woman was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver Thursday night while she was crossing a street in Westminster, police said.

The collision was reported around 11 p.m. on Magnolia Avenue near Westminster Avenue, according to the Westminster Police Department.

Paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

"It was a very, very long screech. You just kept waiting for the impact. It was right at the corner of my house," said Steve Dennis, who lives near the crash.

Two vehicles were towed from the scene of the crash believed to have been possibly struck by the suspected hit-and-run driver.

Police located and towed away a silver sedan, possible a Toyota Camry, suspected of hitting the woman, who was in her 40s. Her name was not released because her family had not been notified of her death.

The driver fled the scene. There was no description of the driver, police said.

Investigators were interviewing several witnesses and following up on leads. They were also searching for a person witnesses said was walking with the victim at the time of the crash.

“If that person is out there, you’re not in any trouble. But we need you to come forward and let us know what happened,” Westminster Police Cmdr. Cameron Knauerhaze said.

Residents said cars often speed in their neighborhood.

“On the street here cars can either be doing 30 or 60 (mph),” Dennis said. “It’s very hard to tell.”

Police shut down both directions of Magnolia Avenue as they continued their investigation.

Kevin LaBeach and Ted Chen contributed to this report.

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