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Vehicle of interest located, victim identified in connection to deadly Newport hit-and-run

Newport Police has located a vehicle that police say may be connected to the deadly hit-and-run that killed a woman on Monday night.

NEWPORT, Wash. — Newport Police have located a vehicle of interest in connection to a deadly hit-and-run that occurred in Newport on Monday.

Washington State Patrol said the car has been taken into evidence for processing and officers have been in contact with the owner of the car, but no arrests have been made at this time.

WSP said the collision happened on northbound SR-2 at about milepost 333, which is directly in front of an elementary school. A witness called 911 about 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 17 to report hearing the collision.

911 later advised that a woman had been hit and was lying in a snowbank along the highway. The caller said the woman was unresponsive. When emergency crews arrived the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The woman was later identified as 33-year-old Shileen Poitra of Spokane.

Troopers believe Poitra was walking south on SR-2, on the northbound shoulder of the road, when she was hit. The vehicle that hit her slid into a snowbank on the east side of the road, backed up and immediately left the scene, according to WSP. A witness told troopers the vehicle headed north towards Newport.

WSP said debris from a Toyota was found scattered at the scene. 

Troopers are looking for anyone who witnessed the collision. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Spangler by phone at (509) 227- 6644 or via email at Ryan.Spangler@wsp.wa.gov.

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