Investigators said Wednesday they believe the woman whose body was found on the side of Highway 74 was the victim of a deadly hit-and-run crash, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Just after 11:45 Tuesday night, CHP received a call reporting a body in the highway, said Sgt. Daniel Temple of the California Highway Patrol's Temecula division. The body was located on the right shoulder of Highway 74 at Kimes Lane in the community of Meadowbrook between Perris and Lake Elsinore.
Investigators believe the woman was walking westbound on the right shoulder lane of the roadway when a car struck her from behind, according to the CHP's Temecula division. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The middle-aged woman had not yet been identified Wednesday as of 1 p.m.
Authorities said that stretch of the highway is very dark at night, and has a speed limit of 60 miles per hour.
With no suspect or possible vehicle description, authorities urged possible witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the California Highway Patrol's Temecula division at 951-506-2000.
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Annette Arreola contributed to this report.