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Victim Of Wilmington Hit And Run Identified

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By Steve Beck and Syma Chowdhry

WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Investigators say the body of a female found along a Delaware road Friday morning was the victim of a hit and run.

A passerby noticed the body in a grassy area off the side of the road by the 600 block of Marsh Road in Wilmington around 8:40 Friday morning.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have now identified the victim as 63-year-old Li Yu Zhang, of Wilmington.

Authorities believe the hit and run happened overnight.

Sgt. Paul Shavack says, “It’s unconscionable that somebody would knowingly hit a person and then flee from the scene leaving them there.”

Authorities are now working to find the driver who struck Zhang who was carrying shopping bags when she was struck.

Sgt. Shavack says, “We are checking any surveillance cameras in the area to try to determine the circumstances surrounding to come up with an actual time this incident occurred.”

Neighbors like Michael Lawson say drivers tend to speed down Marsh Road despite it’s 35 MPH limit.

“Oh they fly, very dangerous.”

What makes it scarier, a school is right across from when the accident happened.

Shannon Howard walks to this bus stop everyday. She says Marsh Road doesn’t have any lights and doesn’t have a sidewalk on the side of the road where the accident occurred.

“It’s kind of scary because I walk here, especially when I get off the bus at night.” She continues, “You never know what’s going to happen on this road, people drive like maniacs.”

Police are now trying to piece together information that could lead them to the driver.

Sgt. Shavack says, “It could have been that they didn’t know what they hit or they could have intentionally fled the scene after knowingly hitting somebody.”

He asks anyone with any information to contact the Delaware State Police.

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