UPDATE: Woman's Death in French Valley May be Hit-And-Run

The incident at Brookridge Lane, near Washington Street, was reported at 8:45 a.m., according to sheriff's officials.

This story was updated at 2:32 p.m. to include the cross street and that the victim was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta.

The discovery of a woman found dead in French Valley Friday prompted an investigation into a possible hit-and-run, officials told Patch.

The woman "appears ... to have been hit by a vehicle," Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell told Patch.

Officials said it was a joint investigation between the California Highway Patrol and Riverside County sheriff's deputies.

Officers were called at 8:45 a.m. to the area of Brookridge Lane, near Washington Street, McConnell said.

"We are in the preliminary stages of an investigation," CHP Sgt. Cory Ball said.

Ball told Patch at the scene that the woman -- she was listed as 69 -- went out for a walk Friday morning but failed to return as expected; the family went looking for her, the sergeant said.

"She was found along the right side of the road," Ball said ... unconscious with severe traumatic injuries."

The woman was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta, where she was pronounced dead, the sergeant told Patch.

Her identity is not being released until it is confirmed by the county coroner's office, according to Ball.

Anyone who may have seen the crash was asked to call the Temecula office of the California Highway Patrol, 951-506-2000.

The area is near a new housing development and near a park in French Valley, Patch learned at the scene.

Pickles November 03, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I had a feeling it was a hit and run from the start so sad.
Chantel December 29, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Has there been any new news? I live in the track homes right next to the ball fields. I heard something, but don't want to start rumors if not true. if you know facts then please share. I drive by on washington and see her memorial..loved the Christmas lights for her by the way:) God bless her family.
Chantel December 29, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Btw, I never saw Wanda walking on that side of the road...
Lindy December 29, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I have not heard anything
linda lowe January 14, 2013 at 01:20 AM
it was reported that her death was a suspicious due to the fact tha she struck a guy on the 215 fwy a year ago...ijs


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