Hit-and-run driver sought in woman's death: Daughter of Blanca Velasco wants justice

Crash occurred in National City last January

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - The family of a local woman who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in National City is calling for justice a year after her death.

Blanca Velasco left seven children and three grandchildren when she was struck and killed last January in a hit-and-run crash at East Plaza Boulevard near B Avenue.

"They kind of stopped and looked at my mom but they didn't have mercy to help her out," said Iris Gates, Velasco's daughter. "They just ran like cowards."

Gates said other cars stopped but did not get a license number, just describing a dark sedan. National City police have an open investigation for the felony hit-and-run but few clues.

The Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a suicide based on witness statements to detectives.

"He interviewed a couple of people and she was upset and she was under the influence of alcohol, so I'm thinking she blacked out when crossing the street or just passed out," said Gates.

She is having a tough time accepting it.  

"I can't believe she's gone and she died so young," Gates said.

She wants justice, saying the driver that night should have stopped.

"She was very religious and a hard-working mom," Gates said.

Anyone with information is asked to call National City police or CrimeStoppers.

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