Search on for vehicle that hit, killed pedestrian in Encinitas

Posted at 11:08 AM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 16:37:43-04

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) - A search is on for a driver suspected of hitting and killing a woman near an off-ramp from Interstate 5 in Encinitas Tuesday morning.

The crash happened at around 6:30 a.m. near the Encinitas Boulevard off-ramp from northbound Interstate 5, according to California Highway Patrol officials. The off-ramp was closed for a short period due to the investigation.

The collision is under investigation, but CHP officials confirmed that the body of a 62-year-old woman was found in a ravine off the roadway. Officials believe the woman had been dead for about an hour when her body was discovered.

CHP officials described the vehicle believed to be involved in the incident as a 1995 to 2002 Ford Expedition or Ford F-150 pickup that is missing its right front headlight and likely has additional damage.

The image below shows the type of vehicle. 

Officials said no witnesses have come forward, but they are reviewing surveillance video from a nearby gas station in hopes of finding the vehicle.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to call the CHP at 858-637-3800.