A woman killed early Tuesday when she was struck by a car apparently while running away from the scene of a crash she may have caused has been identified by the Merced County Coroner's Office.
It remains unclear why 28-year-old Jessica B. Hampton tried to run away from the scene of the crash shortly after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 152 near Deep Well Road in a rural area on the west side of Merced County, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Dean Emehiser.
Hampton's identity was confirmed Wednesday by Deputy Daryl Allen of the Merced County Coroner's Office.
Emehiser said investigators still are working to determine what may have caused Hampton to crash her 2000 Honda Civic into the back of Volvo big rig truck.
"The truck driver went to contact her and say that she crashed into him and he needed to get it documented and she bolted," Emehiser said.
Investigators said the 28-year-old Dos Palos woman ran across both lanes of traffic "in a zig-zag pattern" before she was struck by a Toyota Scion driving in the westbound lane of Highway 152.
No other injuries were reported and both of the other drivers remained on scene to speak with investigators.
Officers say toxicology tests could take several weeks to determine whether drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.
"The investigators are going to be following up with some people in the Dos Palos area," Emehiser said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Banos-area CHP office at 209-826-3811. Tips are confidential and callers may remain anonymous.