A California woman was hit by a pickup truck – then dragged more than eight miles in a horrific hit-and-run that left her dead on Friday, cops said.
Fresno police are now looking for the man driving the truck, who had attempted to check into a hotel while the 29-year-old woman’s remains were still trapped under the vehicle.
What was left of the victim was only dislodged once the man returned to the truck after discovering the hotel had no free space, police said.
“The pickup sustained signs of damage to the front end,” Lt. Bill Dooley said at a press conference on Friday. “When the vehicle backed up, something came out from under it.”
The woman, whose identity has not been released, was pushing a shopping cart and walking a dog on a leash just before 2 a.m. when she was hit by a gray or silver Chevy Silverado on Herndon and Milburn avenues. said Dooley.
The woman, who may have been homeless, was trapped in the Silverado’s undercarriage for 8.1 miles before the truck stopped at the La Quinta Inn on North Cornelia Avenue. The entire gruesome journey was captured on surveillance footage and the driver was photographed entering the hotel, which was at capacity.
He left the hotel when told there were no rooms available and a witness who saw the woman’s remains left in the lot called 911, Dooley said.
It’s unclear whether the driver was aware he had hit a person and then dragged them – in what Dooley called “an absolute tragedy”.
“Anyone involved in an accident, it’s a responsibility to stop,” Dooley told reporters. “Tell us why, what happened. It didn’t happen here.
Police have released images of the Silverado, which has front end damage, a tool box and a sunroof. They also posted a photo of the driver taken inside the hotel.
Anyone calling with information can contact @valleycrimestoppersfresno at 498-STOP (7867).