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Sheriff's officials: Damaged car found in Mira Mesa not linked to Encinitas hit-and-run

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Posted at 6:03 AM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 16:03:11-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Sheriff's officials said a car found with front-end and windshield damage in Mira Mesa is not believed to be linked to a hit-and-run crash that happened in Encinitas last week.

San Diego police officers responded to a call at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday regarding a white 1998 Mercedes-Benz with front-end and windshield damage parked in front of a Pizza Hut in the 8000 block of Mira Mesa Boulevard.

According to police, officers arrived and found a man inside the car while a female passenger was inside getting a pizza.

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The woman was questioned, and the man -- who police said appeared to be under the influence -- was detained.

Late Wednesday morning, sheriff's officials said they believe the Mercedes was not the vehicle involved in the Aug. 11 crash in Encinitas.

Last Friday night, a woman identified as Stephanie was riding her bicycle in the bike lane on southbound North Coast Highway 101 when she was struck by a car described as a white Mercedes.

Investigators said the car did not stop.

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Stephanie's husband, Dennis, told 10News she suffered severe brain damage as a result of the crash.

Anyone with information on the collision or the vehicle is asked to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 888-580-8477. A $1,000 reward for information is offered if your tip leads to a felony arrest.