Woman Crossing Modesto Intersection Killed in Hit-and-Run

Update: The CHP located the vehicle involved in the deadly crash but have not found the driver, according to the Modesto Police Department.

MODESTO -- Modesto police are looking for the driver in a fatal hit-and-run crash.

A pedestrian walking across the intersection of Pelandale Avenue and Chapman Road was struck by a Volkswagen Jetta Wednesday night, according to the Modesto Police Department. The driver left the scene.

A family member has identified the victim as Irene Arellano Lopez. Her cousin sent FOX40 a statement, which reads in part:

"This is a horrible loss to the family and the community.  Irene spent alot (sic) of volunteer time with the homeless shelters and so on. Very beautiful inside and out. She will be truly missed. Please keep the family in your prayers as everyone mourns and struggles with unanswered questions."

Police say the 2006 to 2008 Jetta was silver and should have damage to the front of it due to the crash. There is also possible rear damage from a separate incident.

Traffic will be congested in the area, the police department reports.

If you know anything about the crash call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636.

Stay with FOX40 for more updates on this developing investigation.

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