PERRIS (CNS) – A 34-year-old woman was struck and killed by a hit-and-
run driver on Highway 74 in Perris, prompting the California Highway Patrol
today to ask for the public’s help in identifying the motorist.

Diana Aguirre of Perris was fatally injured about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday
while trying to cross the highway at Ethanac Road, according to the CHP.

Officer Mike Lassig said Aguirre was attempting to cross from north to
south on the four-lane corridor when a man at the wheel of a silver Honda
Accord approached from the east, heading westbound at an undetermined speed.

“The driver of the Honda failed to stop for the pedestrian in the
roadway, causing the Honda’s front end to collide into the pedestrian’s left
side while she was walking in the No. 2 lane,” Lassig said. “The victim was
thrown up into the Honda’s windshield (and) came to rest in the westbound No. 1

He said that the driver fled the scene, possibly exiting the highway
at an unknown location.

Riverside County Fire Department paramedics reached the scene minutes
later and pronounced Aguirre dead on the highway.

There is no marked crosswalk at the point where the victim attempted
to cross.

The vehicle was likely a 2008 to 2012 model Honda Accord.

“It should have major damage to the front end and is missing the
front bumper,” Lassig said. “The Honda should have significant windshield
damage, too.”

Anyone who may have information was urged to contact the CHP’s
Temecula office at 951-506-2000.

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