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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Central California police were looking for the driver of a pickup truck that hit a woman walking her dog on Friday and continued, dragging her more than eight miles to a hotel parking lot , where she was found dead.
The 29-year-old woman was pushing a shopping cart and had her dog on a leash when she was hit by a gray or silver van at the intersection of Herndon and Millburn in Fresno, Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley said.
The man continued driving with the woman trapped under his truck and stopped at a hotel, where he parked in the parking lot, got out of the van and went to the lobby to ask for a room , Dooley said.
When the man was told there was no free space, he drove off and was backing into his truck when another hotel guest saw the partial remains of the woman dislodged from under the van and called the police, Dooley said.
“It’s an absolute tragedy,” he said.
Dooley said the woman has been identified and is believed to be homeless, but her name will not be released at this time out of respect for her and her loved ones.
Surveillance video captured the man arriving at the hotel in his badly damaged truck, getting out of his vehicle and driving off shortly afterwards. Dooley said the hotel surveillance video will not be released.
“I saw the video footage because it was all captured on surveillance footage. We’re not going to release that,” he said. “There’s nothing to be gained by releasing that.”
Police have released frame shots of the Chevy Silverado pickup truck with its front end badly damaged and of the man in the hotel lobby and are asking anyone who recognizes him to contact the Fresno Police Department.
At a press conference, Dooley asked the man to turn himself in and his family or friends to contact the authorities.
“If the driver of this vehicle was looking today, we ask that you contact the police department. If any family members or friends recognize this photo, we ask that you contact the police department,” he said.
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