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Clark County Sheriff’s Office seeks public’s help identifying vehicle of interest, its driver in fatal hit-run in Hazel Dell

Pedestrian was struck on Northeast Highway 99 near Northeast 82nd Street

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: December 13, 2023, 5:24pm
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A pickup that Clark County sheriff&rsquo;s deputies are asking for the public&rsquo;s help identifying in connection with a Dec. 2 fatal hit-and-run in Hazel Dell.
A pickup that Clark County sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help identifying in connection with a Dec. 2 fatal hit-and-run in Hazel Dell. (Photo contributed by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office) Photo Gallery

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying a vehicle of interest and its driver in a Dec. 2 fatal hit-and-run in Hazel Dell.

Deputies described the vehicle as a 2015-2019 white Chevrolet Silverado 2500 or 3500 gas pickup.

They said the truck appears to be a long-bed model with a mid-rise truck cap over the bed.

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, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Clark County medical examiner identified the pedestrian as 66-year-old Cynthia Clift.

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

After the truck had struck Clift, deputies said it continued south on Highway 99 before making a right turn onto Northeast 78th Street and getting onto Interstate 5 north. The vehicle might have some front-end damage from the crash, the sheriff’s office said.

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

Anyone with information identifying the truck or its driver is asked to email the Traffic Homicide Unit at trafficdetectives@clark.wa.gov.

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