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Woman killed by pickup truck in hit-and-run, police say

The intersection of C Street and West 34th Avenue Saturday morning. Several hours earlier, police say, a woman was was crossing C Street here when she was struck and killed by a pickup truck whose driver didn’t stop. (Tegan Hanlon / ADN)

A woman walking across a street in Midtown Anchorage early Saturday was struck and killed by a pickup truck whose driver didn't stop, police said.

It happened around 3 a.m.

Surveillance camera image of pickup truck suspected in fatal hit-and-run, (Anchorage Police Department)

The woman was crossing the one-way, three-lane C Street at West 34th Avenue, near Buffalo Wild Wings and a strip mall. She was crossing C Street from east to west, police said. There's no crosswalk at that intersection. The speed limit there, on C Street, is 45 mph.

The woman was walking alone, said Renee Oistad, police spokeswoman. Others nearby witnessed the hit-and-run collision.

"Witnesses to the crash, and immediately after the crash, did stop and are also the ones who called police," Oistad said in an email. "Dispatch was notified immediately after the crash happened."

Police responded to the intersection at 3:05 a.m. The woman was declared dead at the scene, police said.

Police had not publicly identified the woman by late Saturday.

Officers continued to search for the pickup and its driver.

Surveillance camera image of pickup truck suspected in fatal hit-and-run, (Anchorage Police Department)

Police released three surveillance camera images of the truck and this description: "The vehicle appears to be an extended cab pickup, blue in color, with an empty bed, and chrome molding along the bottom as opposed to a tan stripe. It is still being described as a 90's-model GMC or Chevy pickup which is missing the passenger side headlight/turn signal assembly."

Oistad said police did not have additional details about the pickup, including a description of the driver and information on how many people were riding inside the vehicle early Saturday.

Police asked anyone with information about the crash to call 311. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or at anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

Saturday's fatal collision comes less than two weeks after another deadly crash involving a pedestrian in Anchorage. Just after noon on June 5, an SUV struck and killed 40-year-old Paul Winter while he was rollerblading on the sidewalk along Cordova Street, between Ninth and 10th avenues near downtown.

In mid-May, Michael Clark was seriously injured while standing at the intersection of  West 36th Avenue and C Street, according to police. Police said last month that they believe a car ran a red light and slammed into a pickup. That pickup then spun and smacked into the man as he waited to cross the street. He had life-threatening injuries, police said. That happened just two blocks from where Saturday's fatal hit-and-run occurred.

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