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Pedestrian identified in fatal hit-run in Hazel Dell

Woman, 66, struck crossing Hwy 99; officials seek info

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Local News Editor
Published: December 6, 2023, 5:30pm

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified a 66-year-old Vancouver woman as the pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run early Saturday morning on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell.

Cynthia Clift died of multiple blunt-force injuries, according to the medical examiner’s office. Her death was ruled an accident.

A witness called at 12:44 a.m. to report a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle on Northeast Highway 99 near the intersection with Northeast 82nd Street. Witnesses reported the vehicle fled the scene immediately after the crash.

By the time first responders reached the scene, Clift had died.

Highway 99 between Northeast 78th and 82nd streets was closed for several hours while the Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigated. The location is dimly lit, with no crosswalk.

Anyone who may have video or other relevant information is asked to contact sheriff’s Detective Bethany Lau at bethany.lau@clark.wa.gov.